Kele language (New Guinea)

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Native to Papua New Guinea
Region Manus Island
Native speakers
unknown (600 cited 1982)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 sbc
Glottolog kele1258[2]

Kele or Gele’ is a language spoken in the easterly section of inland Manus Island, New Guinea.[1]

Sample vocabulary


Bed: Petlé
Road: Sal
House: Um
Stone: Pat


Learn: Penow
Teach: Te-penow
Die: Mat
Kill: Te-mete-i


  1. 1.0 1.1 Kele at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Kele (Papua New Guinea)". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>