Bamu language

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Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionBamu River
Native speakers
5,400; 6,300 with Gama (2000 census)[1]
  • Bamu
Language codes
ISO 639-3bcf (with Gama)

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.


Dialects are:[3]


  1. ^ Bamu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Bamu". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Eberhard, David M.; Simons, Gary F.; Fennig, Charles D., eds. (2019). "Papua New Guinea languages". Ethnologue: Languages of the World (22nd ed.). Dallas: SIL International.
  4. ^ United Nations in Papua New Guinea (2018). "Papua New Guinea Village Coordinates Lookup". Humanitarian Data Exchange. 1.31.9.