Native toPapua New Guinea
Native speakers
700 (2003)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3nuq

Nukumanu is a Polynesian language, spoken by about 700 people on Nukumanu in the eastern islands of Papua New Guinea.[2] It is one of the most endangered languages in the region.[3]


English-Nukumanu Vocabulary[4]
English Nukumanu
Coconut Palm nίu
Breadfruit Tree 'úlu
Banana hŭki
Hibiscus hau
Sugar Cane kólo
Tree náku
Yams ŭhi
A large red berry with no core puáta
A type of fruit with a hard shell tóno
A type of hardwood shrub heníe
Red (colour)
Green (colour) eúli
Dark (as in deep water/far away) upála


  1. ^ Nukumanu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Marck, Jeff (2000), Topics in Polynesian languages and culture history. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics
  3. ^ Robert Blust (2013). The Austronesian languages. Asia-Pacific Linguistics, School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University. hdl:1885/10191. ISBN 9781922185075.
  4. ^ Ergebnisse der Südsee-Expedition, 1908-1910. Hamburg: L. Friederichsen. 1914. pp. 31, 51. OCLC 13389966.

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