|Native to||Papua New Guinea|
|14,000 (2000 census)|
Bola, or Bakovi, is an Oceanic language of West New Britain in Papua New Guinea. The Harua (Xarua) dialect developed on a palm plantation.
Phonology of the Bola language:
|Plosive||p b||t d||k g|
/t/ is realized as sounds /s, ʃ/ when only occurring in front of /i/. The voiced stops /b d ɡ/ can often sound prenasalized [ᵐb ⁿd ᵑɡ] among various speakers. /ɣ/ can be pronounced as a glottal fricative [h] among younger speakers.
/i/ before vowel sounds /ɑ ɛ ɔ u/ is pronounced as a glide sound [j].