RegionNew Ireland
Native speakers
11,000 estimated (2011 census)[1][2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
bjp – Fanamaket (New Ireland)
hrw – Warwar Feni (Feni Island)

Tangga is an Oceanic language of New Ireland, spoken on Tanga and Feni islands and in Sena, Muliama and Varangansau villages in the Tanglamet area of Namatanai of New Ireland itself. These three locations are highly divergent; children from one understand little to nothing of the others, and adults consider them to be distinct languages, though they recognize their common history of their migration from Tanga and Feni to New Ireland.[3]


  1. ^ "Warwar Feni". Ethnologue. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  2. ^ "Fanamaket". Ethnologue. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  3. ^ Capell, A. (2010). "A Lost Tribe in New Ireland". Mankind. 6 (10): 499–509. doi:10.1111/j.1835-9310.1967.tb01355.x.