Takia language

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Takia
Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionMadang Province
Native speakers
(undated figure of 40,000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3tbc
Glottologtaki1248

Takia is an Austronesian language spoken on Karkar Island, Bagabag Island, and coastal villages Megiar and Serang, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea. It has been syntactically restructured by Waskia, a Papuan language spoken on the island.

Children are discouraged from using Takia, and it is being supplanted by Tok Pisin and English.

Phonology[edit]

Consonant sounds
Labial Alveolar Velar
Plosive p b t d k g
Nasal m n ŋ
Fricative f s
Rhotic r
Lateral l
Glide w j

Voiced stops can be optionally prenasalised word initially as [ᵐb, ⁿd, ᵑɡ] in some dialects.

Vowel sounds
Front Central Back
High i u
Mid e o
Low a

/a/ is heard as [æ] before a consonant preceding /i/. The sequence /ae/ is pronounced word-initially and word-medially as [æː].[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Takia at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
  2. ^ Ross, Malcolm (2002). Takia. John Lynch and Malcolm Ross and Terry Crowley (eds.), The Oceanic Languages: Richmond: Curzon. pp. 216–248.

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