Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionHuon Peninsula, Morobe Province
Native speakers
9,000 (2000 census)[1]
  • Somba
  • Siawari
Language codes
ISO 639-3bmu

Burum (also known as Yaknge or Somba-Siawari after its two dialects and Mindik in the language itself) is a Papuan language spoken in Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea. Its closest related language is Borong (also known as Kosorong).[2]


Uppercase letters A B D E F G H I J K L M N Ŋ O P Q R S T U W Gw Y Z Ö
Lowercase letters a b d e f g h i j k l m n ŋ o p q r s t u w gw y z ö
IPA /ɑ/ /b/ /d/ /e/ /f/ /ɡ/ /ɣ/ /i/ /dz/ /k/ /l/ /m/ /n/ /ŋ/ /o/ /p/ // /r/ /s/ /t/ /u/ /w/ // /j/ /t͡s/ /ə/


  1. ^ Burum at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Bulum River - newguineaworld".
  3. ^ Olkkonen, Soini (1994). "Organised Phonology Data" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-07-10. Retrieved 2018-07-10. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)