Kakabai is a member of the Western Oceanic branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family spoken in Milne Bay Province in Papua New Guinea by about 900 people (in 2003).

Kakabai alphabet and pronunciation

Kakabai alphabet and pronunciation

Information provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample text

Kausolu Bi Koiyada

Mwanuwa labu isedi Koka bi Duwaga. Koka wapumo imodina i saḡasaḡa bi Duwaga oyamo i modina i yovoyovo. Etamo ai tau banava te daibi a voiedi. Koka ena daibi i voie i koiyada bi i wadiwadi. Bi Duwaga ena daibi i voie i kausolu bi i wadiwadi.

Koka iwai kita saḡa Duwaga i kita i kaukausolu te i giu, "tam bai kwa kaukauwe, kwa kaka dubadubam", kota Duwaga i kita yovo Koka i kita i koikoiyada te i giu yovo, "tam bai kwa kaka sabasabam?". Niganana wapu doḡana sabasabana bi oya doḡana dubudubana. Wapu sa daibi bi gidevina sa yada bi sa wadi, oya lavedi niganana sa daibi te sa gabukaue sa kausolu bi doḡa kalakalatinemo sa wadi kaka ye laubani kauwa. Niga titikuna koiyada bi kausolu damona.

Translation (Kausolu and Koiyada)

There were two birds named Koka and Duwaga. Koka was going up the mountain from the flat land and Duwaga was coming down. They met on the way and made a new garden. Koka made the new garden and cleared it and was planting. (At the same time) Duwaga made a new garden and cleared it and was planting.

Koka looked up and saw Duwaga clearing the garden and said to him, "What are you doing, you are making yourself all black (dirty)." And Duwaga looked down and saw Koka cleaning his new garden and called down to him, "Koka why are you making yourself all red?" That is why now the earth on the flat land is red and the earth on the mountain is black. (So now) when people make a new garden in the flat land, they only clear the green plants (without burning it) and they plant. Now the mountain people burn their new garden properly, clean it, and plant and will reap a good harvest. This is the end of the story of two ways of making a garden.

Source: Kakabai Organised Phonology Data (OPD)

Sample video in Kakabai

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Information about the Kakabai language

Oceanic languages

Adzera, Ajië, Apma, Are, ’Auhelawa, Buhutu, Bwaidoka, Drehu, Hiri Motu, Kakabai, Kaninuwa, Kove, Kurti, Lote, Maskelynes, Mato, Motu, Mwotlap, Nyelâyu, Paamese, Raga, Rotuman, Roviana, Sakao, Saliba, Sio, Tami, Tolai, Ubir, Vurës, Western Fijian, Yabem, Yapese

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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