Marind language

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RegionPapua New Guinea
Native speakers
(10,000 cited 1987–2002)[1]
Trans–New Guinea
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
mrz – Southeast
bpv – Northwest

Marind is a Papuan language spoken in Papua New Guinea by over ten thousand people. Dialects are Southeast Marind, Gawir, Holifoersch, and Tugeri. Bian Marind (Northwest Marind), a.k.a. Boven-Mbian, is divergent enough to not be mutually intelligible, and has been assigned a separate ISO code.

Marind separates the Trans-Fly – Bulaka River languages, which would otherwise occupy a nearly continuous stretch of southern New Guinea.


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