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Ngaju language

Ngaju
Native to Indonesia
Region Kalimantan
Native speakers
890,000 (2003)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 nij
Glottolog ngaj1237[2]

Ngaju is an Austronesian language spoken along the Kapuas, Kahayan, Katingan, and Mentaya Rivers in Central Borneo, Indonesia. It is closely related to Bakumpai language. There are three dialects—Pulopetak, Ba'amang, and Mantangai.[3]

Phonology

Consonants

Ngaju has the following consonants.[4]
Biabial Coronal Palatal Velar Glottal
Nasal m n ɲ ŋ
Stop p b t d c ɟ k g
Fricative s h
Approximant
(Lateral)
j w
l
Trill r

Vowels

Ngaju has the following vowels. All vowels except ə can be long.[5]
Front Central Back
rounded
High i u
Mid e ə o
Low a

Vocabulary

Vocabulary comparison between Bakumpai, Ngaju, Indonesian and English languages.

Bakumpai Ngaju Indonesian English
Jida Dia Tidak No
Beken Beken Bukan Not
Pai Pai Kaki Foot / Leg
Kueh Kueh Mana Which / Where
Si-kueh Bara-kueh Dari mana Where from
Hituh Hetuh Sini Here
Si-hituh Intu-hetuh Di sini Here
Bara Bara Dari From
Kejaw Kejaw Jauh Far
Tukep / Parak Tukep Dekat Near
Kuman Kuman Makan Eat
Mihup Mihop Minum Drink
Lebu Lewu Kampung Village
Batatapas Bapukan Mencuci pakaian To wash clothes

Notes

  1. ^ Ngaju at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^
  3. ^ Raymond G. Gordon, Jr, ed. 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World. 15th edition. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics.
  4. ^ Mihing & Stokhof 1977.
  5. ^ Mihing & Stokhof 1977

References

Ashn E. Johannes. 1971. "An Introduction to Dayak Ngaju Morphology," Malang MA thesis.

T.W.J. Mihing & W.A.L. Stokhof. 1977. "On the Ngaju Dayak Sound System," Miscellaneous Studies in Indonesian and Languages in Indonesia 3:49-59.

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