Walio languages

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Sepik River basin, Papua New Guinea
Linguistic classification: Sepik
  • Walio
Glottolog: wali1264[1]

The Walio languages are a small family of clearly related languages, Walio, Pei, Yawiyo, and Tuwari, though they are not close: Walio and Yawiyo have only a 12% lexical similarity.[2] They are frequently classified among the Sepik languages of northern Papua New Guinea, though Glottolog leaves them out.


  • Ross, Malcolm (2005). "Pronouns as a preliminary diagnostic for grouping Papuan languages". In Andrew Pawley, Robert Attenborough, Robin Hide, Jack Golson, eds. Papuan pasts: cultural, linguistic and biological histories of Papuan-speaking peoples. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. pp. 15–66. ISBN 0858835622. OCLC 67292782. 
  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Walio". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  2. ^ Walio languages at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)