Tangga language

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Region New Ireland
Native speakers
9,500 (2000 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Variously:
bjp – Fanamaket (New Ireland)
hrc – Niwer Mil (Tangga Island)
hrw – Warwar Feni (Feni Island)
Glottolog tang1348[2]

Tangga is an Oceanic language of New Ireland, spoken on Tanga and Feni islands and in Sena, Muliama and Varangansau villages in the Tanglamet area of Namatanai of New Ireland itself. These three locations are highly divergent; children from one understand little to nothing of the others, and adults consider them to be distinct languages, though they recognize their common history on New Ireland.


  1. ^ Fanamaket (New Ireland) at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Niwer Mil (Tangga Island) at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Warwar Feni (Feni Island) at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Tangga". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.