Sanio
Hiowe
Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionEast Sepik Province
Native speakers
1,300 (2000 census)[1]
Dialects
  • Saniyo
  • Hiyowe
Language codes
ISO 639-3sny
Glottologsani1270
ELPSaniyo-Hiyewe

Sanio, or more precisely Saniyo-Hiyewe, is a Sepik language of Tunap/Hunstein Rural LLG in East Sepik Province, northern Papua New Guinea. It is also spoken in Telefomin Rural LLG, Sandaun Province.[1]

Dialects

Dialects are:[1][2]

Phonology

Consonants[3]
Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Plosive p t k ʔ ⟨'⟩
Fricative ɸ ⟨f⟩ s h
Nasal m n
Approximant w r j
Vowels[3]
Front Central Back
High i u
Mid-high e ⟨ei⟩ o
Mid-low ɛ ⟨e⟩
Low a

Additionally, the following diphthongs can be found: /ai/, /au/, /ou/.

References

  1. ^ a b c Sanio at Ethnologue (25th ed., 2022) Closed access icon
  2. ^ United Nations in Papua New Guinea (2018). "Papua New Guinea Village Coordinates Lookup". Humanitarian Data Exchange. 1.31.9.
  3. ^ a b Lewis, Ron (2002). Saniyo Hiyewe Organised Phonology Data. SIL International.