RegionKerema District, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea
Native speakers
1,500 (2014)[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)[1] Angave people in Kerema District, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea.



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

Diphthongs: /iɑ ɑi oɑ/


Bilabial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Nasal m n ŋ
Plosive voiceless p t k ʔ
prenasal ᵐb ⁿd ᵑɡ
Affricate prenasal ⁿdz
Fricative s x
Flap ɾ
Semivowel j w

Writing system

An orthography using the Latin script has been developed for Angave, but less than 5% of its speakers are literate.[1]

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. ^ a b c Ankave at Ethnologue (25th ed., 2022) Closed access icon

Further reading