Pohowa (also known as Pahavai, Pelipowai, Bowai, Bohuai, and Bohuai-Tulu) is one of about 30 Austronesian languages spoken on Manus Island located to the north of the Papua New Guinea mainland. Linguistically, it belongs to the Admiralties subgroup of the Oceanic branch of Austronesian languages. Recent estimates have put the number of speakers below 1,000. The present project aims produce linguistic documentation of Pohowa, beginning with a grammatical sketch and basic dictionary. Data for this project was collected in New Zealand in 2001 and Papua New Guinea in 2007.
PI: John Newman