Boiken
Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionSepik River basin
Native speakers
35,000 (2004)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3bzf
Glottologboik1241
ELPBoiken

Boiken (Nucum, Yangoru) is one of the more populous of the Ndu languages of Sepik River region of northern Papua New Guinea. It is spoken around Boiken Creek in Yangoru-Saussia District, East Sepik Province and adjacent islands off the north coast of northern Papua New Guinea.[1]

Phonology

Boiken consonants[2]
Labial Dental Alveolar Dorsal Glottal
Nasal m n (ŋ)
Stop p t k (ʔ)
Affricate t̪s̪
Fricative voiceless ɸ s x
voiced ɣ
Approximant w j
Trill r
Flap ɺ
Boiken vowels[2]
Front Central Back
Close i ɨ u
Mid e ə o
Open æ a ɒ

References

  1. ^ a b Boiken at Ethnologue (25th ed., 2022) Closed access icon
  2. ^ a b Freudenburg, Allen & Marlene (1974). Boiken phonemes. In Richard Loving (ed.), Phonologies of four Papua New Guinea languages: Ukarumpa: Summer Institute of Linguistics. pp. 97–127.