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 is a dialect of the language spoken on the north-east coast of Malakula. The language is referred to as Northeast Malakula, or Uripiv-Wala-Rano-Atchin, and is spoken on the islands of Uripiv, Wala, Rano and Atchin and on the mainland opposite to these islands. Uripiv-Wala-Rano-Atchin is spoken today by about 9,000 people. Literacy rate of its speakers in their own language is 10–30%.

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

The Uripiv dialect is one of the few documented languages that use the rare bilabial trill, a feature that is not found in the Atchin dialect.


  1. ^ Uripiv at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Uripiv-Wala-Rano-Atchin". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.