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Kanum

Kanum is spoken at the southern end of New Guinea. The variety here is spoken on the Indonesian side of the border, in the village of Yanggandur. The language has a mixed provenance, with some local (Southern New Guinea) traits, and some Pama-Nyungan traits, including both free lexemes and bound morphemes.

Kanum consonants
bilabial alveolar retroflex palatal(-alveolar) velar
voiceless p t k
voiced b
prenasalised mp nd ntʃ ŋk
nasal m n
fricative
liquid r ɭ
glide j w

Kanum vowels
front back
high  [i]  [u]
mid  ɛ  ɔ
low  æ a ɒ

Morphology

Verbs are highly inflectional in Kanum.

Updated:  27 September 2013/ Responsible Officer:  Mark Donohue/ Page Contact:  Mark Donohue