Naasioi language

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Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionKieta District, Bougainville Province
Native speakers
20,000 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3nas
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Naasioi (also Nasioi, Kieta, Kieta Talk, Aunge) is an East Papuan language spoken in the central mountains and southeast coast of Kieta District, Bougainville Province, Papua New Guinea.



Front Back
High i iː u uː
Mid e eː o oː
Low a aː


Bilabial Coronal Velar Glottal
Stop voiceless p t k ʔ
voiced b d
Nasal m n (ŋ)

Nasals can be syllabic.


  1. ^ Naasioi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Naasioi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  • Hurd, Conrad; Hurd, Phyllis W. (1966). Nasioi language course. Port Moresby: Department of Information and Extension Services.
  • Hurd, Conrad; Hurd, Phyllis W. (1970). "Nasioi verbs". Oceanic Linguistics. Oceanic Linguistics, Vol. 9, No. 1. 9 (1): 37–78. doi:10.2307/3622931. JSTOR 3622931.
  • Hurd, Conrad (1977). "Nasioi projectives". Oceanic Linguistics. Oceanic Linguistics, Vol. 16, No. 2. 16 (2): 111–178. doi:10.2307/3622956. JSTOR 3622956.