Bariai is a member of the Western Oceanic group of Malayo-Polynesian languages. It is spoken by about 1,350 people along the northwest coast of New Britain island in West New Britain Province of Papua New Guinea, particularly between Borgen Bay and Rottock Bay.

Bariai is also known as Kabana. The name Bariai means "at the mangrove", from bare (mangrove). Kabana is a name used by the Amara, a neighbouring tribe who speak a closely related language, and who share common ancestors with the Bariai. It means "foreigner". Bariai is written with the Latin script.

Bariai alphabet and pronunciation

Bariai alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Bariai (Excel)

Sample text

Io, kaua toa rua oa ti-la tibur-iai. Ti-la toman ngan tama-d Akono. Akono i-la ta i-gera angal ede i-tautau busa i-labora-i. Tota Akono toa i-dae angal, be e-le kaua rua ti-la ti-balbal tibur-iai.


Okay, those two dogs there went to the bush. They went with their owner, Akono. Akono went and then he saw a Canarium almond tree having much fruit at its top. Therefore Akono ascended the Canarium almond tree, while his two dogs went wandering (for prey) in the bush.

Source: Bariai grammar sketch

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Oceanic languages

Adzera, Ahamb, Äiwoo, Aneityum, Apma, Araki, Are, ’Auhelawa, Avava, Babatana, Bariai, Bola, Big Numbas, Buhutu, Bwaidoka, Caac, Cheke Holo, Dorig, Hiri Motu, Hiw, Hoava, Kakabai, Kaninuwa, Kokota, Kove, Kurti, Lakon, Lehali, Lenakel, Lewo, Lote, Lo-Toga, Löyöp, Marovo, Maskelynes, Mato, Mavea, Mono-Alu, Motu, Mussau-Emira, Mwotlap, Nafsan, Nahavaq, Namakura, Nanggu, Nduke, Neve‘ei, Neverver, Ninde, North Efate, Nume, Paamese, Papapana, Raga, Rotuman, Roviana, Sa, Sakao, Saliba, Siar, Sio, Ske, Sursurunga, Tamambo, Tami, Teanu, Tigak, Tirax, Tolai, Touo, Ubir, Ughele, Uneapa, Vatlongos, Vitu, Vurës, Western Fijian, Yabem, Yapese

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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