Suau language

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RegionMilne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
Native speakers
(6,800 cited 1981)[1]
L2 speakers: 14,000[2] (no date)[3]
Language codes
ISO 639-3swp

Suau, also known as Iou, is an Oceanic language spoken in the Milne Bay Province of Papua New Guinea. It is spoken by 6,800 people and a further 14,000 as a lingua franca.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Suau at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ 14,000 as a lingua franca; perhaps this is the total number
  3. ^ Suau language at Ethnologue (10th ed., 1984). Note: Data may come from the 9th edition (1978).