Wogamusin language

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Region Ambunti District, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Native speakers
700 (1998)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 wog
Glottolog woga1249[2]
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Wogamusin is a Papuan language found in four villages in the Ambunti District of East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea. It was spoken by about 700 people in 1998.[3]


Front Central Back
Close i u
Mid e ə o
Open a

In non-final positions, /u/ /o/, /i/, and /e/ are [ʊ] [ɔ], [ɪ], and [ɛ], respectively. [ə] appears only in unstressed syllables; when it is followed by /w/ it is rounded: [ɵu̯].[4]

Bilabial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Nasal m n ŋ
Plosive Voiceless p t k
Voiced b d ɡ
Voiced prenasalized ᵐb ⁿd ᵑɡ
Fricative s h
Flap ɺ
Approximant j w

Between vowels, /b/ and /ɡ/ lenite to the fricatives [β] and [ɣ], respectively. /s/ is realized as an affricate, [ts], word-initially. /h/ is velar, [x], after /a/ and /o/. Word-finally, voiceless stops are usually unreleased.[4]


The consonant /ŋ/ only occurs finally. Bilabial and velar consonants may be followed by /w/ when initial, but otherwise consonant clusters only occur over syllable boundaries, with the exception of the unusual word /məmt/ ('snake').[5]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Wogamusin at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Wogamusin". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Ethnologue.
  4. ^ a b c d Laycock (1965:114)
  5. ^ Laycock (1965:114)


  • Laycock, D.C. (1965), "Three Upper Sepik phonologies", Oceanic Linguistics, 4 (1/2): 113–118, doi:10.2307/3622917