Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionMilne Bay Province, tip of Cape Vogel
Native speakers
890 (2001)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3aui
Anuki is classified as Definitely Endangered by the UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger

The Anuki language is an Austronesian language spoken by the Gabobora people along Cape Vogel in the Milne Bay Province of Papua New Guinea. The language was named after a highly respected deity of the people, whose sacred remains now rest in Australia.[citation needed]


Labial Alveolar Velar Labiovelar Glottal
Plosive p b t d k g ⟨kw⟩ ⟨gw⟩ ʔ
Fricative v s ɣ ⟨gh⟩
Nasal m m̩ː ⟨mm⟩ n ŋ
Approximant r j ⟨y⟩ w
Front Central Back
High i ɨ [a] u
Near-High ʊ ⟨ou⟩
Mid e o
Low a

a /ɨ/ is only found in the diphthong /ɨi/.

Additionally, the following diphthongs can be found: /ɨi/, /ae/, /ai/, /au/, /ei/, /eo/, /eu/, /iu/, /oe/, /oi/. /ɨi/ is written as ⟨ii⟩.

Stress is always found on the penultimate syllable.[2]


  1. ^ Anuki at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c Landweer, Lyn (2000). Anuki Organised Phonology Data. SIL International.

Landweer, M. Lynn. "Sociolinguistic Survey Report of the Anuki Language, Cape Vogel, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea." 2001