Ankave language

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RegionKerema District, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea
Native speakers
(1,600 cited 1987)[1]
Trans–New Guinea
Language codes
ISO 639-3aak
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Ankave or Angave is a Papuan language spoken by the approximately 1,600 (as of 1987)[3] Angave people in Kerema District, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea.



Front Central Back
High i u
Mid e ə o
Low ɑ

Diphthongs: /iɑ eɑ ɑi oɑ/


Bilabial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Stop Voiceless p t k ʔ
Voiced prenasalised ᵐb ⁿd ᵑɡ
Affricate Voiced prenasalised ⁿdz
Nasal m n ŋ
Flap ɾ
Fricative Voiceless s x
Approximant j w

Writing system[edit]

An orthography using the Latin script has been developed for Angave, but less than 5% of its speakers are literate.[3]

A a B b D d E e G g I i Ɨ ɨ J j K k X x M m
/ɑ/ /ᵐb/ /ⁿd/ /e/ /ɡ/ /i/ /ə/ /ⁿdz/ /k/ /x/ /m/
N n Ŋ ŋ O o P p R r S s T t U u W w Y y ´
/n/ /ŋ/ /o/ /p/ /ɾ/ /s/ /t/ /u/ /w/ /j/ /ʔ/


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

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