Halia
Selau
Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionBuka Island, Selau Peninsula
Native speakers
(20,000 cited 1994)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3hla
Glottologhali1244

Halia is an Austronesian language of Buka Island and the Selau Peninsula of Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea.

Phonology

The phonology of the Halia language:[2]

Consonants

Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Nasal m n ŋ
Plosive voiceless p t k
voiced b g
Affricate ts ~
Fricative s h
Lateral l
Rhotic r
Semivowel w j

Vowels

Front Central Back
High i u
ɪ ʊ
Mid (e) o
ɛ ɔ
Low a

Diphthong vowel sounds include /ei, au, ou/.

[e] exists, but not as a monophthong.

Allophones

Phoneme Allophones
/b/ [β]
/ɡ/ [ɣ], [χ]
/ts/ []
/r/ [ɾ]
/a/ [æ], [ɐ], [ʌ]
/ʊ/ [ɨ]
/ei/ [e], [ɛi], [ɛ]

Literature

In the 1960s Francis Hagai produced a series of liturgies in Halia as part of his work with the Hahalis Welfare Society.[3]

References

  1. ^ Halia at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Allen, Jerry (1987). Halia grammar. Data Papers on Papua New Guinea Languages, 32: Ukarumpa: Summer Institute of Linguistics. pp. 4–10, 215–219.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location (link)
  3. ^ Trompf, G. W. (1994). Payback: The Logic of Retribution in Melanesian Religions. Cambridge University Press. p. 224. ISBN 9780521416917.