Bamu language

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Native to Papua New Guinea
Region Bamu River
Native speakers
5,400; 6,300 with Gama (2000 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 bcf (with Gama)
Glottolog bamu1257[2]

Bamu, or Bamu Kiwai, is a Papuan language of southern Papua New Guinea.

A thousand speakers of Gama are included in the ISO code for Bamu. However, Ethnologue notes that lexical similarity is below 80% with the most similar dialect of Bamu proper.


  1. ^ Bamu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Bamu". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.