Dobu
Dobuan
Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionMilne Bay Province, tip of Cape Vogel
Native speakers
10,000 (1998)[1]
60% monolingual (1998?)[2]
L2 speakers: 100,000 (1987)[1]
Latin script (Dobuan alphabet)
Dobuan Braille
Language codes
ISO 639-3dob
Glottologdobu1241

Dobu or Dobuan is an Austronesian language spoken in Milne Bay Province of Papua New Guinea. It is a lingua franca for 100,000 people in D'Entrecasteaux Islands.

Phonology

Consonants

Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
plain lab. plain lab. plain lab.
Plosive voiceless p t k ʔ ʔʷ
voiced b d ɡ ɡʷ
Fricative s
Nasal m n
Flap ɺ
Approximant j w

Vowels

Front Central Back
Close i u
Mid ɛ ɔ
Open a

References

  1. ^ a b Dobu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Dobu language at Ethnologue (14th ed., 2000).
  3. ^ Lithgow, Daphne (1977). Dobu phonemics. Phonologies of Five P.N.G. languages: Ukarumpa: Summer Institute of Linguistics. pp. 73–96.