Uripiv language

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For Wala of the Solomon Islands, see Langalanga language.
Native to Vanuatu
Region Malakula
Native speakers
9,000  (2001)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 upv
Glottolog urip1239[2]

Uripiv, or more precisely Uripiv-Wala-Rano-Atchin, is a language spoken on Vanuatu. Uripiv is spoken today by about 9,000 people. Literacy rate of Uripiv speakers in their own language is 10–30%.

Uripiv proper forms a dialect chain with other dialects, namely Wala-Rano and Atchin. Uripiv dialect is the most northerly of these, and has 85% of its words in common with Atchin.

Uripiv is one of the few well-documented languages that use the rare bilabial trill.


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