Native toPapua New Guinea
Native speakers
(790 cited 1972)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3tbj
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The Tiang language, also known as Djaul, is a language spoken in Papua New Guinea.[2]


It is spoken on Dyaul Island and in 1972 there were 790 speakers reported by Beaumont.[2] On that island Tigak and Tok Pisin are also spoken. Tigak is predominant on the northern half of the island and Tiang on the southern half.[3] The former may be related closely to Tiang. It is also spoken on some other nearby areas in New Ireland Province. The language has a subject–verb–object structure order.[2] The people that speak this language are swidden agriculturalists.[2] There is very little data available for this language.[4]


  1. ^ Tiang at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c d Tiang, Ethnologue, 2012, access date 05-01-2012
  3. ^ Languages of Papua New Guinea, Papua New Guinea map 2, reference number 34, 2012, access date 05-01-2012
  4. ^ The Nalik language of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Craig Alan Volker, 1998, Peter Lang Press/University of Virginia, ISBN 0-8204-3673-9, ISBN 978-0-8204-3673-9