|Region||Highlands of Papua Province, Indonesia|
|(180,000 cited 1993)|
Western Dani, or Laani, is the most populous Papuan language in Indonesian New Guinea. It is spoken by the Lani people in the province of Papua. The Swart Valley tribes are called Oeringoep and Timorini in literature from the 1920s, but those names are no longer used.
The phonology of the Western Dani language:
|Plosive||voiceless||p, pʰ||t, tʰ||k, kʰ||kʷ, kʷʰ||ʔ|
At the beginning of words, stops sound aspirated. An intervocalic /ɣ/ is pronounced as /ʁ/, and a /ɹ/ before a high vowel becomes a fricative /z/.
|High||i iː||u uː|
|Mid||e eː||ɒ ɒː|
Vowels /i, u, ɒ/ have allophones, /ɪ, ʊ, ɔ/.
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