Tanah Merah
Native toIndonesia
RegionJayapura Regency, Papua
Native speakers
(3,800 cited 1990)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3tnm

Tabla (one of two Papuan languages also known as Tanah Merah) is spoken on the coast of Tanahmerah Bay, close to Jayapura, in northern Papua (Indonesia). It is spoken in Bukia, Depapre, and Wari towns, and 13 villages on north coast. Dialects are Yokari, Tepera, and Yewena-Yongsu.[2]


Labial Alveolar Velar
Nasal m n
Stop voiceless p t k
voiced b d
Fricative s
Approximant w j
Front Central Back
Close i u
Mid e ə o
Back a


  1. ^ Tabla at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Eberhard, David M.; Simons, Gary F.; Fennig, Charles D., eds. (2019). "Indonesia languages". Ethnologue: Languages of the World (22nd ed.). Dallas: SIL International.
  3. ^ 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.