Get it on Google Play
New! Download Unionpedia on your Android™ device!
Faster access than browser!

Hiw language

Index Hiw language

Hiw (sometimes spelled Hiu) is an Oceanic language spoken on the island of Hiw, in the Torres Islands of Vanuatu. It is distinct from Lo-Toga, the other language of the Torres group. [1]

27 relations: Alveolar consonant, Austronesian languages, Bilabial consonant, Consonant, East Vanuatu languages, Endangered language, Fricative consonant, Hiw Island, Labialization, Lateral consonant, Liquid consonant, Lo-Toga language, Malayo-Polynesian languages, Monophthong, Nasal consonant, Oceanic languages, Palatal consonant, Phoneme, Pre-stopped consonant, Semivowel, Southern Oceanic languages, Stop consonant, Torres Islands, Vanuatu, Velar consonant, Voiced velar lateral approximant, Vowel.

Alveolar consonant

Alveolar consonants are articulated with the tongue against or close to the superior alveolar ridge, which is called that because it contains the alveoli (the sockets) of the superior teeth.

New!!: Hiw language and Alveolar consonant · See more »

Austronesian languages

The Austronesian languages are a language family that is widely dispersed throughout Maritime Southeast Asia, Madagascar and the islands of the Pacific Ocean, with a few members in continental Asia.

New!!: Hiw language and Austronesian languages · See more »

Bilabial consonant

In phonetics, a bilabial consonant is a consonant articulated with both lips.

New!!: Hiw language and Bilabial consonant · See more »


In articulatory phonetics, a consonant is a speech sound that is articulated with complete or partial closure of the vocal tract.

New!!: Hiw language and Consonant · See more »

East Vanuatu languages

East Vanuatu is a group of languages spoken in the north-eastern areas of the Vanuatu archipelago.

New!!: Hiw language and East Vanuatu languages · See more »

Endangered language

An endangered language, or moribund language, is a language that is at risk of falling out of use as its speakers die out or shift to speaking another language.

New!!: Hiw language and Endangered language · See more »

Fricative consonant

Fricatives are consonants produced by forcing air through a narrow channel made by placing two articulators close together.

New!!: Hiw language and Fricative consonant · See more »

Hiw Island

Hiw (sometimes spelled Hiu) is the northernmost island in Vanuatu, located in Torba Province.

New!!: Hiw language and Hiw Island · See more »


Labialization is a secondary articulatory feature of sounds in some languages.

New!!: Hiw language and Labialization · See more »

Lateral consonant

A lateral is an l-like consonant in which the airstream proceeds along the sides of the tongue, but it is blocked by the tongue from going through the middle of the mouth.

New!!: Hiw language and Lateral consonant · See more »

Liquid consonant

In phonetics, liquids or liquid consonants are a class of consonants consisting of lateral consonants like 'l' together with rhotics like 'r'.

New!!: Hiw language and Liquid consonant · See more »

Lo-Toga language

Lo-Toga is an Oceanic language spoken on the Torres Islands of Vanuatu.

New!!: Hiw language and Lo-Toga language · See more »

Malayo-Polynesian languages

The Malayo-Polynesian languages are a subgroup of the Austronesian languages, with approximately 385.5 million speakers.

New!!: Hiw language and Malayo-Polynesian languages · See more »


A monophthong (Greek monóphthongos from mónos "single" and phthóngos "sound") is a pure vowel sound, one whose articulation at both beginning and end is relatively fixed, and which does not glide up or down towards a new position of articulation.

New!!: Hiw language and Monophthong · See more »

Nasal consonant

In phonetics, a nasal, also called a nasal occlusive, nasal stop in contrast with a nasal fricative, or nasal continuant, is an occlusive consonant produced with a lowered velum, allowing air to escape freely through the nose.

New!!: Hiw language and Nasal consonant · See more »

Oceanic languages

The approximately 450 Oceanic languages are a well-established branch of the Austronesian languages.

New!!: Hiw language and Oceanic languages · See more »

Palatal consonant

Palatal consonants are consonants articulated with the body of the tongue raised against the hard palate (the middle part of the roof of the mouth).

New!!: Hiw language and Palatal consonant · See more »


A phoneme is one of the units of sound (or gesture in the case of sign languages, see chereme) that distinguish one word from another in a particular language.

New!!: Hiw language and Phoneme · See more »

Pre-stopped consonant

In linguistics, pre-stopping, also known as pre-occlusion or pre-plosion, is a phonological process involving the historical or allophonic insertion of a very short stop consonant before a sonorant, such as a short before a nasal or a lateral.

New!!: Hiw language and Pre-stopped consonant · See more »


In phonetics and phonology, a semivowel or glide, also known as a non-syllabic vocoid, is a sound that is phonetically similar to a vowel sound but functions as the syllable boundary, rather than as the nucleus of a syllable.

New!!: Hiw language and Semivowel · See more »

Southern Oceanic languages

The Southern Oceanic languages are a linkage of Oceanic spoken in Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

New!!: Hiw language and Southern Oceanic languages · See more »

Stop consonant

In phonetics, a stop, also known as a plosive or oral occlusive, is a consonant in which the vocal tract is blocked so that all airflow ceases.

New!!: Hiw language and Stop consonant · See more »

Torres Islands

The Torres Islands are in the Torba Province of Vanuatu, the northernmost island group in the country.

New!!: Hiw language and Torres Islands · See more »


Vanuatu (or; Bislama, French), officially the Republic of Vanuatu (République de Vanuatu, Bislama: Ripablik blong Vanuatu), is a Pacific island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean.

New!!: Hiw language and Vanuatu · See more »

Velar consonant

Velars are consonants articulated with the back part of the tongue (the dorsum) against the soft palate, the back part of the roof of the mouth (known also as the velum).

New!!: Hiw language and Velar consonant · See more »

Voiced velar lateral approximant

The voiced velar lateral approximant is a type of consonantal sound, used in a very small number of spoken languages in the world.

New!!: Hiw language and Voiced velar lateral approximant · See more »


A vowel is one of the two principal classes of speech sound, the other being a consonant.

New!!: Hiw language and Vowel · See more »

Redirects here:

ISO 639:hiw.


[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiw_language

Hey! We are on Facebook now! »