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Loniu is an
Austronesian language The Austronesian languages (, , , ) are a language family, widely spoken throughout Maritime Southeast Asia, Madagascar, the islands of the Pacific Ocean and Taiwan (by Taiwanese aborigines). There are also a number of speakers in continental Asi ...
spoken along the southern coast of
Los Negros Island 300px, Los Negros Island Los Negros Island is the third largest of the Admiralty Islands. It is significant because it contains the main airport of Manus Province on its eastern coastline, at Momote. It is connected to Lorengau, the capital of the p ...
in the
Manus Province Manus Province is the smallest province in Papua New Guinea with a land area of , but with more than of water. The provincial town of Manus is Lorengau and the total population is 60,485 (2011 census). The province consists of only one district ...
, immediately east of
Manus Island Manus Island is part of Manus Province in northern Papua New Guinea and is the largest of the Admiralty Islands. It is the fifth-largest island in Papua New Guinea, with an area of , measuring around . Manus Island is covered in rugged jungles whi ...
in
Manus Province Manus Province is the smallest province in Papua New Guinea with a land area of , but with more than of water. The provincial town of Manus is Lorengau and the total population is 60,485 (2011 census). The province consists of only one district ...
,
Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea (PNG; , ; tpi, Papua Niugini; ho, Papua Niu Gini; tcs, Op Deudai), officially the Independent State of Papua New Guinea ( tpi, Independen Stet bilong Papua Niugini; ho, Independen Stet bilong Papua Niu Gini), is a country in ...
. Loniu is spoken in the villages of Loniu and Lolak, and there are estimated to be 450–500 native speakers, although some live in other Manus villages or on the mainland of PNG. Loniu generally fits with most of the observations made about Oceanic languages, specifically the
Admiralty Islands The Admiralty Islands are an archipelago group of 18 islands in the Bismarck Archipelago, to the north of New Guinea in the South Pacific Ocean. These are also sometimes called the Manus Islands, after the largest island. These rainforest-covere ...
languages. The six morphosyntactic features of 'Type B' Oceanic Languages (which include the Admiralties languages) as noted by Ross are found in Loniu. The language is essentially SVO and contains prepositions.


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Robert Blust Robert A. Blust (born 1940, ) is a prominent linguist in several areas, including historical linguistics, lexicography and ethnology. Blust specializes in the Austronesian languages and has made major contributions to the field of Austronesian lin ...
collection includes
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and hdl:10125/4683, recorded materials from Loniu Manus languages Languages of Manus Province {{admiralty-lang-stub