Sissano language

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Region Aitape District, Sandaun Province, Papua New Guinea
Native speakers
300 (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 sso
Glottolog siss1243[2]
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Sissano is an Austronesian language spoken by at most a few hundred people around Sissano in Aitape District, Sandaun Province, Papua New Guinea. 4,800 speakers were reported in 1990, but the 1998 tsunami wiped out most of the population.[1]



Front Central Back
High i u
Mid e (ə) o
Low a


Bilabial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Nasal m n ŋ
Plosive voiceless p t k ʔ
voiced (b) (d) (g)
Fricative voiceless s
voiced β (ɣ)
Approximant central j
lateral l ʎ
Rhotic r


  1. ^ a b Sissano at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Sissano". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  • Laycock, Don (1973). "Sissano Warapu and Melanesian Pidginization". Oceanic Linguistics. University of Hawai'i Press. 12 (1/2): 245–277. doi:10.2307/3622856. JSTOR 3622856.