Amele Language
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Amele Language
Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionMadang Province
Native speakers
(5,300 cited 1987)[1]
Language codes

Amele (Amele: Sona) is a Papuan language of Papua New Guinea. Dialects are Huar, Jagahala and Haija.

Amele is notable for having 32 possessive classes.[3]


Amele has only 5 vowels: /i, ?, æ, u, ?/.[4]

Bilabial Labiodental Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Stop voiceless t k ?
voiced b d g
Fricative f s ? h
Nasal m n
Approximant l


Amele has seven tense-aspect categories, including four past tenses:[5]

  • past habitual
  • remote past
  • yesterday's past
  • today's past
  • plus present
  • future
  • relative future


  1. ^ Amele at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Amele". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
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  4. ^ Roberts, John R. (1987). Amele. London: Croom Helm. ISBN 0709942540. OCLC 14132880.
  5. ^ Pawley, Andrew; Hammarström, Harald (2018). "The Trans New Guinea family". In Palmer, Bill (ed.). The Languages and Linguistics of the New Guinea Area: A Comprehensive Guide. The World of Linguistics. 4. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. pp. 21-196. ISBN 978-3-11-028642-7.

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