Amanab language

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RegionAmanab District, Sandaun Province, Papua New Guinea
Native speakers
4,400 (2003)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3amn
Coordinates: 3°35′00″S 141°12′54″E / 3.583417°S 141.214903°E / -3.583417; 141.214903 (Amanab District H/Q))
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Amanab is a Papuan language spoken by 4,400 people in Amanab District (3°35′00″S 141°12′54″E / 3.583417°S 141.214903°E / -3.583417; 141.214903 (Amanab District H/Q)), Sandaun Province, Papua New Guinea.

Dialects are Eastern, Northern, and Western.[3]



Front Back
High i u
Mid ɛ ɔ
Low ɑ


Labial Coronal Dorsal
Nasal m n
Plosive prenasalized ᵐb ⁿd ᵑɡ
voiceless p t k
Fricative ɸ s h
voiced ɣ
Approximant/Flap w l~ɾ j


The Amanab pronouns are:[4]

sg du pl
1incl bi-ningri bi-ger
1excl ka ka-ningri ka-ger
2 ne ne-ningri ne-nger
3 ehe ehe-ningri ehe-nger


In Amanab, subordinate clauses are linked using the topic marker suffix –ba.[4]


  1. ^ Amanab at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Amanab". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Steer, Martin (2005). Languages of the Upper Sepik and Central New Guinea (PDF). Canberra: Australian National University.
  4. ^ a b Foley, William A. (2018). "The Languages of the Sepik-Ramu Basin and Environs". In Palmer, Bill (ed.). The Languages and Linguistics of the New Guinea Area: A Comprehensive Guide. The World of Linguistics. 4. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. pp. 197–432. ISBN 978-3-11-028642-7.
  • Minch, Andrew (1992). "Amanab grammar essentials". In John R. Roberts (ed.). Namia and Amanab grammar essentials. Data Papers on Papua New Guinea Languages, 39. Ukarumpa: Summer Institute of Linguistics. pp. 99–173.