Bauwaki language

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Region Papua New Guinea
Native speakers
520 (2000 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 bwk
Glottolog bauw1241[2]

Bauwaki (Bawaki) is a Papuan language of New Guinea, apparently of the Mailuan family. It is 70% lexically similar to Abia of the Yareban family. Dutton (1971) proposed it to be a 'bridge' between the Mailuan and Yareban language families.[1] O'oku, either a dialect or a closely related language, is similarly lexically 60% Yareban.


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