Muyuw language

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Muyuw
Region Eastern New Guinea
Native speakers
6,000  (1998)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 myw
Glottolog muyu1244[2]

Muyuw language (Egum, Murua, Murua Dukwayasi, Murua Kaulae, Muruwa, Muyu, Muyua, Muyuwa) is one of the Kilivila–Louisiades languages (of the Austronesian language family), spoken on the Woodlark Island (Papua New Guinea).

Number of speakers: 6,000 (1998), of them 3,000 are monolinguals. Speakers also use Dobu, Kilivila or Misima-Paneati. Latin script is used.

Dialects included Yanaba, Lougaw (Gawa), Wamwan, Nawyem, Iwa. Iwa dialect is transitional between Muyuw and Kilivila. Lexical similarity 68% with Kilivila.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Muyuw at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Muyuw". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.