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Kilivila (Kiriwina) is one of the Kilivila–Louisiades languages (of the Austronesian language family), spoken in the Trobriand Islands (Papua New Guinea).[3] It is used in local schools.

Kilivila
Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionTrobriand Islands
Native speakers
20,000 (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3kij
Glottologkili1267[2]

Contents

PhonologyEdit

Phonology of Kilivila[4]:

ConsonantsEdit

Bilabial Labio-
dental
Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
plain lab. plain lab.
Plosive voiceless p t k ʔ
voiced b d ɡ ɡʷ
Nasal m n
Fricative v s
Rhotic ɾ
Lateral l
Approximant j w

VowelsEdit

Front Central Back
High i u
Mid ɛ ɔ
Low a

AllophonesEdit

Allophone
/k/ [k̠], [x̠], [k], [x]
/kʷ/ [kʷ], [k̠ʷ]
/s/ [s], [ʃ]
/m/ [m], [m̩]
/ɾ/ [ɾ], [r], [ʀ]
/i/ [i], [ɨ]
/u/ [u], [ʊ]

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kilivila at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Kilivila". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Senft, Gunter; Senft, Professor of Linguistics Cognitive Anthropology Research Group Gunter; Levinson, Stephen C. (2000). Systems of Nominal Classification. Cambridge University Press. p. 42. ISBN 9780521770750. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  4. ^ Senft, Gunter (1986). Kilivila: The Language of the Trobriand Islanders. Mouton Grammar Library, 3: Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.