Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionMadang Province
Native speakers
5,000 (2005 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3gaw

Nobonob (Nobanob, Nobnob), also known as Butelkud-Guntabak or Garuh (cf. closely related Garus), is a Papuan language of Papua New Guinea. The language is expanding slightly. Ari (Ati, A’i) is a dialect.


Vowels (orthographic)

Front Central Back
Close i ii u uu
Mid e ee o oo
Open a aa

Consonants (orthographic)

Bilabial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Voiceless stop p p̱ t ṯ k ḵ
Voiced stop/implosive b q d ḏ g g̱
Nasal m n
Fricative (s) h
Approximant w l y


  1. ^ Nobonob at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)