Languages of New Guinea - Hiri Motu, Tok Pisin

The western half of the island of New Guinea is a province of Indonesia and the eastern part constitutes Papua New Guinea (PNG). The island has around one thousand languages, an estimated one fifth of world's total. Many have fewer than 5,000 speakers and some less than 500. Although some languages exhibit features that resemble those of Austronesian languages, most are classified as Non-Austronesian, or Papuan languages.

The national or official languages of Papua New Guinea are: Hiri Motu, Tok Pisin and English.

Tok Pisin is an English based creole with 50,000 first language, 2,000,000 second language speakers. The native language of some people in mixed urban areas. The main means of communication between speakers of different languages. The most frequently used language in Parliament and commerce.

Hiri Motu is a Motu based pidgin, mostly used as a second language. Linguistically a pidginization of True Motu. Also influenced by English, Tok Pisin, and Polynesian languages. Papuan Hiri Motu is widespread and considered as the standard.

CLASSIFICATION = Uto-Aztecan family, SCRIPT = Roman

Beginning Hiri Motu HIRI CBEG 1; HIRI CBEG 1(PACK)
Conversational New Guinea Pidgin NG PIDGIN 1; NG PIDGIN 1(PACKS 1-2)
Hiri Motu for beginners HIRI CBEG 2
Tok Pisin : Talk now! TOK CBEG 1(CD-ROM)
The dictionary and grammar of Hiri Motu HIRI DICO 1
Tok pisin english dictionary TOK DICO 1
Grammar and vocabulary of language spoken by Motu tribe, New Guinea HIRI VOCAB 1
Police Motu: an introduction to the trade language of Papua (New Guinea) for anthropologists and other fieldworkers HIRI GRAM 1
Pidgin phrasebook TOK VOCAB 1