Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionEastern Highlands, Gulf provinces
Native speakers
(3,000 cited 1990 census)[1]
Trans–New Guinea
Language codes
ISO 639-3smb

Simbari or Chimbari, is an Angan language of Papua New Guinea.

There are at least two dialects of Simbari. The Simbari language is partly cognate with Baruya.[2]

Simbari is spoken by the Simbari people. Simbari culture and society have received extensive anthropological studies, especially by Gilbert Herdt.[3][4]

See also


Phonological sketches


  1. ^ Simbari at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Fiske, Alan Page. Sambia notes.
  3. ^ Herdt, Gilbert H. (1981). Guardians of the Flutes: Idioms of Masculinity. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  4. ^ Herdt, Gilbert H. (1982). Rituals of Manhood: Male Initiation in Papua New Guinea. Berkeley: University of California Press.