Idi language

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RegionNew Guinea
Native speakers
1,600 (2000 census)[1]
  • Idi
  • Tame
Language codes
ISO 639-3idi
Map of Pahoturi River languages.jpg
Map: The Pahoturi languages of Papua New Guinea

Idi is a Pahoturi language spoken in Western Province, Papua New Guinea. The so-called Pahoturi dialects form a dialect chain with Idi proper at one end and Agob proper at the other.[1]


The language has been also known as Diblaeg, Dibolug, Dimisi, Dimsisi.[2] Tame is a dialect distinct from Idi.[1]

Social context[edit]

Idi is in contact with other Papuan languages of different families, including Nen, Nambo, and the closely related Agob.[1]


Idi phonemic inventory:[3]

p, t, ʈ, k, kʷ, b, d, ɖ, ɡ, ɡʷ, m, n, ɲ, ŋ, ᵐb, ⁿd, ᶯɖ, ᵑɡ, ᵑɡw, ʤ, ⁿʤ, l, ʎ, r, j, w
Tense vowels (in stressed open syllables)
a, æ, i, e, o, u, e
Lax vowels (not in stressed open syllables)
ı, ɐ

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Idi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Idi language". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Evans, Nicholas (2018). "The languages of Southern New Guinea". In Palmer, Bill (ed.). The Languages and Linguistics of the New Guinea Area: A Comprehensive Guide. The World of Linguistics. 4. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. pp. 641–774. ISBN 978-3-11-028642-7.

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