Ari language (New Guinea)

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Native to Papua New Guinea
Region Ari and Serea villages, Aramia River area, Western Province.
Coordinates 7°57′S 142°24′E / 7.950°S 142.400°E / -7.950; 142.400
Native speakers
50 (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 aac
Glottolog arii1243[2]

The Ari language is a Papuan language of the Trans–New Guinea family. As of the 2000 census there were only 50 Ari speakers, living in two villages. As of 2010 the language is considered a dead language. The validity of this census is dubious as it was conducted in a country where the government is decentralized. Also the writer of this has first-hand experience in 2014 of speaking with Ari speakers.

The closest language to Ari is the Gogodala language.


  1. ^ Ari at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Ari". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.