Mapos Buang Language
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Mapos Buang Language

Mapos Buang, also known as Mapos or Central Buang, is an Oceanic language in Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea.


Mapos Buang has a larger sound inventory than is typical of most Austronesian languages. Notable is the existence of a phonemic contrast between a velar nasal and a uvular nasal, which is extremely rare among the world's languages. Along with this, its phonology is unusually symmetrical compared to most other languages.


Front Central Back
High i(:) u(:)
Mid e(:) (?)* o(:)
Low ?(:) a(:) ?(:)

* [?] is a prominent feature of Buang phonology, but is not contrastive.


Bilabial Coronal Palatal Velar Labio
Nasal m n ? ? ?
?b ?d ?d?
p t t? k k? q
Continuant ? l? j ? w* ?
Liquid l~?

*/w/ is a bilabial approximant or semivowel with no co-articulated velar component. It is placed in the labio-velar series of the chart as it fills a gap in this position. /?/ is a voiced bilabial fricative.


  1. ^ Mapos at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Mapos Buang language at Ethnologue (15th ed., 2005)
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Mapos Buang". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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