Kiwai language

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Kiwai
Native to Papua New Guinea
Region Western Province, Fly River delta
Native speakers
ca. 30,000 (2011)[1]
Dialects
  • Doumori
  • Coast Kiwai
  • Southern Coast Kiwai
  • Daru Kiwai
  • Eastern Kiwai
  • Island Kiwai
  • Gibaio
  • Kope (Gope, Era River)
  • Urama
  • Arigibi (Anigibi)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
kiw – Northeast Kiwai
kjd – Southern Kiwai
Glottolog nort2930  Northeast[2]
sout2949  Southern[3]

Kiwai is a Papuan language, or languages, of southern Papua New Guinea. Dialects number 1,300 Kope, 700 Gibaio, 1,700 Urama, 700 Arigibi (together "Northeast Kiwai"), 3,800 Coast, 1,000 Daru, 4,500 Island, 400 Doumori (together "Southern Kiwai"). Wurm and Hattori (1981) classify Arigibi as a separate language.

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References[edit]

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