Kiwai language

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Kiwai
Native to Papua New Guinea
Region Gulf Province, Fly River delta
Native speakers
unknown (16,000 cited 1975–2011)[1]
Dialects
Doumori
Coast Kiwai
Southern Coast Kiwai
Daru Kiwai
Eastern Kiwai
Island Kiwai
Gibaio
Kope (Gope, Era River)
Urama
Arigibi (Anigibi)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
kiw – Northeast Kiwai
kjd – Southern Kiwai

Kiwai is a Papuan language, or languages, of southern Papua New Guinea. Dialects number 1,300 Kope, 700 Gibaio, 1,700 Urama, 700 Arigibi (together "Northeast Kiwai"), 3,800 Coast, 1,000 Daru, 4,500 Island, 400 Doumori (together "Southern Kiwai"). Wurm and Hattori (1981) classify Arigibi as a separate language.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Northeast Kiwai at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Southern Kiwai at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)