Mountain Koiali language

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Mountain Koiari
RegionOro Province, Papua New Guinea
EthnicityKoiari people
Native speakers
4,000 (2000 census)[1]
Trans–New Guinea
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
kpx – Mountain Koiali
bdf – Biage
Glottologmoun1252  Mountain Koiali[2]

Mountain Koiari (Koiali) is a language of Oro Province, Papua New Guinea. It is not very close to the other language which shares its name, Grass Koiari. Half of speakers are monolingual.

It is spoken in Barai, Efogi (9°09′22″S 147°39′56″E / 9.156234°S 147.665661°E / -9.156234; 147.665661 (Efogi No. 1)), and Koiari villages of Koiari Rural LLG, as well as in Hiri Rural LLG.[3][4]


  1. ^ Mountain Koiali at Ethnologue (15th ed., 2005)
    Biage at Ethnologue (15th ed., 2005)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Mountain Koiali". 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.