Mandara language

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Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionTabar Group, New Ireland Province
Native speakers
4,000 (2000 census)[1]
  • Simberi
  • Tatau
  • Tabar
Language codes
ISO 639-3tbf

Mandara, also known as Tabar, is an Austronesian language spoken on the Tabar Group of islands, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea. Three dialects have been identified, Simberi, Tatau and Tabar, corresponding to the three main islands in the group.[3][4] Recently, a written form of Mandara has been made by a Korean missionary. So far, about 3000 people are literate in this form of Mandara, and a Bible has been published in it as well.


  1. ^ Mandara at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Mandara". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Lewis (ed.), M. Paul. "Ethnologue: Languages of the World - Mandara". SIL International. Retrieved 17 September 2010.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Brown (ed.), Keith (2006). Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics (PDF). Elsevier. p. i. ISBN 978-0-08-044854-1.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)