Abelam
Ambelas
Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionSepik River basin
EthnicityAbelam
Native speakers
(44,000 cited 1991)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3abt
Glottologambu1247
ELPAmbulas

Abelam (or Ambulas, Abulas) is the most prevalent of the Ndu languages of Sepik River region of northern Papua New Guinea.[2] Dialects are Maprik, Wingei, Wosera-Kamu, Wosera-Mamu.[1]

Phonology

Consonants[3]
Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar
Plosive/
Affricate
plain p t k
prenasal ᵐb ⁿd ᶮʤ ᵑg
Nasal m n ɲ ŋ
Fricative β s
Liquid lateral l
rhotic r
Semivowel w j
Vowels[4]
(i) ɨ (u)
ə
a

[i, u] may be heard as a realization of the sequences /əj/, /əw/ or resulting in syllabic forms of /j, w/.

References

  1. ^ a b Abelam at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ OLAC resources in and about the Ambulas language
  3. ^ Foley, William A. (2018). "The Languages of the Sepik-Ramu Basin and Environs". In Palmer, Bill (ed.). The Languages and Linguistics of the New Guinea Area: A Comprehensive Guide. The World of Linguistics. Vol. 4. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. pp. 197–432. ISBN 978-3-11-028642-7.
  4. ^ Palmer, Bill (2017-12-04). The Languages and Linguistics of the New Guinea Area: A Comprehensive Guide. Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG. ISBN 978-3-11-029525-2.