Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionGulf Province
Native speakers
(1,000 cited 1991)[1]
Trans–New Guinea
  • Angan
    • Southwest
      • Akoye–Tainae
        • Tainae
Language codes
ISO 639-3ago

Tainae is an Angan language of Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea. Famba (7°30′23″S 145°48′41″E / 7.506365°S 145.811363°E / -7.506365; 145.811363 (Famba), Paiguna, and Pio (7°30′15″S 145°47′45″E / 7.504143°S 145.795808°E / -7.504143; 145.795808 (Pio)) of Kotidanga Rural LLG are the main villages.[1][2]

A grammatical sketch of Tainae was written by Carlson (1991).[3]


Labial Alveolar Velar Glottal
Plosive p t      d k ʔ
Fricative f s h
Nasal m n
Front Central Back
High i ɨ u
Mid e o
Low a

Additionally, the following diphthongs can be found: /ai/, /ae/, /ao/, /au/, /oi/.

Stress is usually penultimate, unless that syllable contains /ɨ/, in which case stress moves leftwards to the first syllable that does not contain /ɨ/.[4]


  1. ^ a b Tainae 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. ^ Carlson, Terry. 1991. Tainae grammar essentials. Manuscript. Ukarumpa: SIL-PNG.
  4. ^ a b c Carlson, Terry (1993). Tainae Organised Phonology Data. SIL International.