Petats language

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Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionBuka Island
Native speakers
(2,000 cited 1975)[1]
8,000 L2 speakers (1977)
Language codes
ISO 639-3pex

Petats is an Austronesian language spoken by a few thousand persons in Papua New Guinea. Dialects are Hitau-Pororan, Matsungan, and Sumoun.


Verbal inflection is accomplished through post verbal pronominal particles which carry tense and mood marking. [3]



  1. ^ Petats at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Petats". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Cropp, A.H. (between 1900 and 1931?). A short grammar of the Petats dialect. Check date values in: |date= (help)