Dibiyaso language

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RegionPapua New Guinea
Native speakers
2,000 (2000 census)[1]
  • Dibiyaso
Language codes
ISO 639-3dby

Dibiyaso a.k.a. Bainapi is a Papuan language of Papua New Guinea. It is sometimes classified with the Bosavi languages. Søren Wichmann (2013)[3] tentatively considers it to be a separate, independent group.

There is 19% lexical cognacy with Turumsa, suggesting it may prove to be a Doso–Turumsa language.[4]


  1. ^ Dibiyaso at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Dibiyaso". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Wichmann, Søren. 2013. A classification of Papuan languages. In: Hammarström, Harald and Wilco van den Heuvel (eds.), History, contact and classification of Papuan languages (Language and Linguistics in Melanesia, Special Issue 2012), 313-386. Port Moresby: Linguistic Society of Papua New Guinea.
  4. ^ Hammarström (2015) Ethnologue 16/17/18th editions: a comprehensive review: online appendices