Halia language

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Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionBuka Island, Selau Peninsula
Native speakers
(20,000 cited 1994)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3hla

Halia is an Austronesian language of Buka Island and the Selau Peninsula of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.


The phonology of the Halia language[3]:


Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Plosive voiceless p t k
voiced b g
Affricate ts ~ tʃ
Fricative s h
Nasal m n ŋ
Lateral l
Rhotic r
Approximant w j


Front Central Back
High i u
ɪ ʊ
Mid (e) o
ɛ ɔ
Low a

Diphthong vowel sounds include /ei, au, ou/.

[e] exists, but not as a monopthong.


Phoneme Allophones
/b/ [β]
/ɡ/ [ɣ], [χ]
/ts/ [tʃ]
/r/ [ɾ]
/a/ [æ], [ɐ], [ʌ]
/ʊ/ [ɨ]
/ei/ [e], [ɛi], [ɛ]


  1. ^ Halia at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Halia". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Allen, Jerry (1987). Halia grammar. Data Papers on Papua New Guinea Languages, 32: Ukarumpa: Summer Institute of Linguistics. pp. 4–10, 215–219.

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