Arop-Lokep language

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RegionVitiaz Strait, Papua New Guinea
Native speakers
3,000 (2000 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3apr
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Arop-Lokep (also spelled Arop-Lukep) is an Oceanic language spoken by 3,015 people (as of 2000) on four islands in the Siassi chain in the Vitiaz Strait in Papua New Guinea.



Front Central Back
Close i ɨ u
Close-mid o
Open-mid ɛ ɔ
Open a

/ɨ/ is rare.


Bilabial Alveolar Velar Glottal
Stop Voiceless p t k ʔ
Voiced b d ɡ
Nasal m n ŋ
Fricative s
Trill r
Lateral l

/ʔ/ is rare.

External links[edit]

A sample of Arop-Lokep can be listened to here:


  1. ^ Arop-Lokep at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Arop-Lokep". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  • D'Jernes, Lucille S. (2002). "Arop-Lokep". In Lynch, John; Ross, Malcolm; Crowley, Terry (eds.). The Oceanic Languages. Richmond, Surrey, UK: Curzon Press. pp. 249–269.
  • Raymond, Mary; Parker, Steve (2005). "Initial and medial geminate trills in Arop-Lokep". Journal of the International Phonetic Association. 35 (1): 99–111. doi:10.1017/S002510030500188X.