Akoye language

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Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionMorobe Province
Native speakers
800 (1998)[1]
Trans–New Guinea
  • Angan
    • Southwest
      • Akoye–Tainae
        • Akoye
Language codes
ISO 639-3miw

Akoye, also known as Lohiki or Maihiri (Mai-Hea-Ri), is an Angan language of Papua New Guinea.


Akoye has a small phonemic inventory, which is not well described.[3]

Consonants are /p t k, f s, m n, w/ and maybe /j/.[4] The first four are usually voiced to [b ɾ ɡ v] after a monophthongal vowel, though sometimes the voicing is blocked for unknown reasons.

Vowels are /i e ə ɑ o u/. Diphthongs (/ɑi, əi, oi, ɑu/) are said to be rare, though vowel sequences are common, so these are perhaps not equivalent.[5]

The most complex syllable is CCVV: /mtəəpə/ 'hair', /əəkwɑi/ 'eye'.

Tone plays a role: /ə̀ɡənə/ 'sky', /əɡə́nə/ 'lid'; /pɑɑ́/ (sp. bird), /pɑ̀ɑ/ 'body'.

Bilabial Labiodental Alveolar Velar
Stop p t k
Nasal m n
Fricative f s

Also includes /w/.[3]


  1. ^ Akoye at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Akoye". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ a b c "Organised Phonology Data" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
  4. ^ /j/ is not given in the invertory, but is illustrated in the examples.
  5. ^ Perhaps /aj/ vs. /ai/?

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