Nii language

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Ek Nii
Native to Papua New Guinea
Region Western Highlands Province
Native speakers
(12,000 cited 1991)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 nii
Glottolog niii1240[2]

Nii is a Trans–New Guinea language of the Chimbu–Wahgi branch spoken in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.

Nii has an unusual number of lateral consonants: a typical dental approximant, /l̪/, plus both dental and velar lateral fricatives, /ɬ̪/ and /ʟ̝̊/, which are optionally voiced between vowels and do not occur in initial position.[3]


  1. ^ Nii at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Nii". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Foley, 1986:63, The Papuan languages of New Guinea