Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionEast New Britain Province, Pomio District, southeast coast and inland near Cape Dampier.
Native speakers
5,500 (2004)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3uvl
Coordinates: 5°57′S 150°54′E / 5.950°S 150.900°E / -5.950; 150.900

Lote (also known as Lohote) is an Austronesian language spoken by about 6,000 people who live around Cape Dampier on the south coast of New Britain in Papua New Guinea. The language was earlier known as Uvol, after the name of a local river, where the first wharf and later airstrip were built.


The phonology of Lote is as follows:[2]


Front Central Back
Close i u
Close-mid e
Mid ɛ ɔ
Open a


Bilabial Alveolar Velar Glottal
Stop voiceless p t k
Fricative voiceless s x h
Nasal m n ŋ
Lateral approximant l
Trill r


  1. ^ Lote at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Pearson, Greg, with René van den Berg. 2008. Lote Grammar Sketch. Data Papers on Papua New Guinea Languages, vol. 54. Ukarumpa: SIL-PNG Academic Publications.