|Native to||Papua New Guinea|
Southern Highlands Province
|unknown (15,000 cited 1981)|
Map: The Wiru language of New Guinea
The Wiru language
Other Trans–New Guinea languages
Other Papuan languages
Wiru or Witu is the language spoken by the Wiru people of Ialibu-Pangia District of the Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. It may be a language isolate within the family of Trans–New Guinea languages.
Trans–New Guinea pronouns are no 1sg (< *na) and ki-wi 2pl, ki-ta 2du (< *ki). There are a considerable number of resemblances with the Engan languages, suggesting Wiru might be a member of that family, but language contact has not been ruled out as the reason.
- "Outside and Inside Meanings: Non-Verbal and Verbal Modalities of Agonistic Communication the Wiru of Papua New Guinea" in Man and Culture in Oceania, Vol. 15
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