Lembena language

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Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionEast Sepik Province
Native speakers
1,800 (2000 census)[1]
  • North Engan
    • Lembena
Language codes
ISO 639-3leq

Lembena, also known as Lembena Pii, Nanimba Pii, Uyalipa Pii, or Wapi Pii, is an Engan language spoken in Papua New Guinea.


Lembena has 5 vowels: /a, e, i, o, u/.[3]

Bilabial Alveolar Palatal Velar
Stop voiceless p t k
voiced b d g
Fricative s
Nasal m n ɲ
Approximant plain j w
lateral l ʎ

The sequence /di/ becomes a voiced prenasalized postalveolar affricate /ⁿd͡ʒ/ when followed by a vowel other than /i/.[3]


  1. ^ Lembena at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Lembena". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ a b Heineman, Paul (1998). "A Grammar of Lembena" (PDF). Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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