Ari language (New Guinea)

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Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionAri and Serea villages, Aramia River area, Western Province.
Coordinates7°57′S 142°24′E / 7.950°S 142.400°E / -7.950; 142.400
Native speakers
50 (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3aac

The Ari language is a Papuan language of the Trans–New Guinea family. As of the 2000 census there were only 50 Ari speakers, living in two villages. As of 2010 the language is considered an extinct language. The validity of this census is dubious as it was conducted in a country where the government is decentralized. Also the writer of this has first-hand experience in 2014 of speaking with Ari speakers.

The closest language to Ari is the Gogodala language.


  1. ^ Ari at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Ari". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.