Mangseng language

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Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionNew Britain
Native speakers
(2,500 cited 1998)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3mbh

Mangseng is an Austronesian language of New Britain, Papua New Guinea. It is a distinct branch of the Arawe dialect chain.


Labial Dental Alveolar Velar
Plosive voiceless p t k
voiced b d g
Fricative β ⟨v⟩ ð ⟨th⟩ s
Nasal m n ŋ ⟨ng⟩
Approximant r, l
  • The voiced plosives /b d g/ present as [ᵐp ⁿt ᵑk] word-medially.
  • The cluster /nr/ is phonetically [ndr].
Front Central Back
High i u
Mid-high e o
Mid-low ɛ ⟨e⟩ ɔ ⟨o⟩
Low a
  • The phonemes /e ɛ/ and /o ɔ/ are both written as ⟨e⟩ and ⟨o⟩ respectively.

Stress is penultimate.[2]


  1. ^ Mangseng at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c Milligan, Lloyd (1992). Mangseng Organised Phonology Data. SIL International.