Bariai language

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Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionNew Britain
Native speakers
1,400 (1998)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3bch

Bariai (also known as Kabana) is an Austronesian language of New Britain.


The name Bariai, literally "at the mangrove", is derived from bare "mangrove" + -eai "locative suffix". The alternative name Kabana comes from the Amara language, meaning "foreigner".


  1. ^ Bariai at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)

Further reading[edit]

  • Gallagher, Steve (2001). "Organised Phonology Data" (PDF). {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  • Gallagher, Steve; Baehr, Peirce (2005). "Bariai Grammar Sketch" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-06-25. Retrieved 2018-06-25. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  • Gallagher, Steve (2008). "Bariai Dictionary" (PDF). {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)