Kaugel language

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Native to Papua New Guinea
Region Southern Highlands Province
Coordinates 6°8′S 144°1′E / 6.133°S 144.017°E / -6.133; 144.017
Native speakers
77,000 (2000 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
imo – Ibo Ugu (Imbo Ungu)
ubu – Ubu Ugu (Umbu Ungu)
Glottolog auag1234[2]

Kaugel (Gawigl) is one of the languages spoken in the Southern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea. Native speakers call the area on the Southern Highlands side of the Kaugel river from the Western Highlands province home.

Dialects are Aua (Ibo Ugu, Imbo Ungu, Imbongu) and Gawil (Umbo Ungu, Kakoli).

Kaugel counts with a base-24 system in cycles of 4. The word for 4 is also the word for hand in reference to the four fingers.[3]

A translation of the New Testament was published in 1997 and is currently available online.[4]


  1. ^ Ibo Ugu (Imbo Ungu) at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Ubu Ugu (Umbu Ungu) at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Aua–Gawil". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ "Imbongu Ethnologue Entry". Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Sixteenth edition. SIL International. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Bible in Imbongu language". worldbibles.org. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 

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