Yimas-Arafundi Pidgin is a trade language used between men of certain clans in Yimas village and the Arafundi speaking village of Auwim in their trade interactions up until its largely falling out of use in the 1950s. Its function has been replaced by Tok Pisin and it is now extremely moribund or more likely extinct. The default lect described here is that remembered by men in their 50s from both villages in the mid 1980s. All data was collected in situ in the mid 1980s by working directly with the few men who could still remember the language by both direct elicitation and the collection of a few narrative texts.
|Flap or tap||ɾ|
|w||voiced labial-velar glide|
|Exists (as a major allophone)|
|Exists only as a minor allophone|
|Exists only in loanwords|