Wanib Sign Language

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Wanib Sign Language
Native toPapua New Guinea
Regionsouthern Toricelli Range
Language codes
ISO 639-3None (mis)

Wanib Sign Language is a reported sign language, possibly a village sign language, in a Heyo-speaking community of Papua New Guinea. It's spoken just to the west of Mehek Sign Language, but the two languages reflect the very different spoken languages of their communities: Wanib SL follows the SVO word order of Heyo, whereas Mehek SL follows the SOV word order of Mehek.[2]


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Wanib Sign Language". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ Lauren Reed & Alan Rumsey (2019), 'Sign Languages in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon'