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Region New Britain
Native speakers
(6,400 cited 1988)[1]
  • Qaqet
Language codes
ISO 639-3 byx
Glottolog qaqe1238[2]

Qaqet (Kakat, Makakat, Maqaqet), or Baining, is a Papuan language spoken in East New Britain Province on the island of New Britain, Papua New Guinea.[3]

According to Parker and Parker (1974), Qaqet has the following consonantal inventory:

Bilabial Alveolar Velar
Stop p ᵐb t ⁿd k ᵑɡ
Nasal m n ŋ
Fricative s ɣ
Tap ɾ
Approximant w
Lateral Approximant l

It also has a vowel inventory of /i u ɛ a o/ and three diphthongs, /ai au ɛi/.


  1. ^ Qaqet at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Qaqet". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ UCLA Phonological Segment Inventory Database. 2014. Qaqet sound inventory (UPSID). In: Moran, Steven & McCloy, Daniel & Wright, Richard (eds.) PHOIBLE Online. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. (Available online at,[permanent dead link] Accessed on 2014-09-20.)

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