Rotokas

Rotokas is an East Papuan language spoken on the island of Bougainville, an island which is part of Papua New Guinea and which located to the east of New Guinea. There are three main dialects: Central Rotokas, Aita Rotokas and Pipipaia. Central Rotokas has one of the smallest inventories of phonemes in the world. About 4,000 people speak Rotokas.

Rotokas alphabet and pronunciation

Rotokas alphabet and pronunciation

Sample text in Rotokas

Vo tuariri rovoaia Pauto vuvuiua ora rasito pura-rovoreva. Vo osia rasito raga toureva, uva viapau oavu avuvai. Oire Pauto urauraaro tuepaepa aue ivaraia uukovi. Vara rutuia rupa toupaiva. Oa iava Pauto oisio puraroepa, Aviavia rorove. Oire aviavia rorova.

Translation

In the beginning God created heaven and earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep water. The spirit of God was hovering over the water. Then God said, "Let there be light!" So there was light.

Source: http://www.language-museum.com/r/rotokas.htm

Links

Information about the Rotokas languages
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotokas_language http://www.sil.org/pacific/png/show_work.asp?id=299
http://www.zapata.org/stuart/linguistics/rotokas/

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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