Pyu language (Papuan)

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Native to Papua New Guinea
Region near Indonesian border
Native speakers
100 (2000 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 pby
Glottolog pyuu1245[2]

Pyu is a language isolate spoken in Papua New Guinea. As of 2000, the language had about 100 speakers.

It has been suggested that Pyu belongs to the Kwomtari–Baibai family, but the evidence has never been published. (See Kwomtari–Baibai.) Timothy Usher links the Pyu language to its neighbors, the Left May languages and the Amto–Musan languages, in as Arai–Samaia stock.[3]


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