Language name: EKARI
UPSID number: 8650
Alternate name(s): EKAGI, KAPAUKI
Classification: Papuan, Trans-New Guinea
This language has 15 segments
Its Frequency index is 0.621729490 (average percentage of segments; 0.1: many very rare segments; 0.39: average; 0.7: many common segments)
The language has these sounds: p t k b d gL m n j w i E a O u
Comment: Ekari is spoken in the Paniai district of Irian Jaya, Indonesia, near the Wissel Lakes. Doble (1987) describes some limited pitch-accent contrasts. All vowels occur long and two-vowel sequences with a high second vowel occur. Other sequences of unlike vowels assimilate and occur as long vowels (e.g. a + e -> ee).
Source(s): Doble, M. 1982. Essays on Kapauku grammar. Nieuw Guinea Studien 6: 152-155.
Doble, M. 1987. A description of some features of Ekari language structure. Oceanic Linguistics 26:55-113.
Steltenpool, J. 1969. Ekagi-Dutch-English-Indonesian Dictionary. Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague.

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