Native toIndonesia
RegionNew Guinea
Ethnicity3,500 (1987)[1]
Native speakers
(2,000 cited 1987)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3nir

Nimboran (Nambrong) is a Papuan language of Nimboran District, Jayapura Regency, Indonesia spoken by mostly older adults. Younger generations have shifted to Papuan Malay. It is spoken in about 26 villages to the west of Lake Sentani.


Labial Alveolar Velar
Plosive voiceless p t k
voiced b d ɡ
prenasal ᵐb ⁿd ᵑɡ
Nasal m n ŋ
Fricative s
Liquid l
Semivowel w j
Front Central Back
Close i ʉ u
Mid e o
Open a


  1. ^ a b Nimboran at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Foley, William A. (2018). "The languages of Northwest New Guinea". In Palmer, Bill (ed.). The Languages and Linguistics of the New Guinea Area: A Comprehensive Guide. The World of Linguistics. Vol. 4. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. pp. 433–568. ISBN 978-3-11-028642-7.