Waskia language

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Region Papua New Guinea
Native speakers
20,000 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 wsk
Glottolog wask1241[2]

Waskia (Vaskia, Woskia) is a Papuan language of Papua New Guinea. It is spoken on half of Karkar Island, and a small part of the shore on the mainland, by 20,000 people; language use is vigorous. The Waskia share their island with speakers of Takia, an Oceanic language which has been restructured under the influence of Waskia, which is the inter-community language.


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