Tiang language

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Native to Papua New Guinea
Native speakers
(790 cited 1972) [1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 tbj
Glottolog tian1237 [2]
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The Tiang language also known as Djaul is a language spoken in Papua New Guinea. [3]

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It is spoken on Dyaul Island and in 1972 there were 790 speakers reported by Beaumont. [3] 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. [4] 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. [3] The people that speak this language are swidden agriculturalists. [3] There is very little data available for this language. [5]

Dyaul Island island

Dyaul Island is an island in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea. Its area is 100 km2. The inhabitants live mainly in seven villages, and frequently visit Kavieng, the capital of the province, for supplies or to sell produce and fish. There are two languages, not counting Tok Pisin, spoken on Dyaul; Tigak and Tiang. Tigak is widely spoken on the western end of the island in two villages. Tiang is spoken across the remainder of the island.

Tigak is an Austronesian language spoken by about 6,000 people in the Kavieng District of New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea.

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  1. Tiang at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Tiang". Glottolog 3.0 . Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Tiang, Ethnologue, 2012, access date 05-01-2012
  4. Languages of Papua New Guinea, Papua New Guinea map 2, reference number 34, 2012, access date 05-01-2012
  5. 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

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