Wiru language

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Native to Papua New Guinea
Region Ialibu-Pangia District,
Southern Highlands Province
Ethnicity Wiru
Native speakers
unknown (15,300 cited 1981)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 wiu
Glottolog wiru1244[2]
Wiru language.svg
Map: The Wiru language of New Guinea
  The Wiru language
  Other Trans–New Guinea languages
  Other Papuan languages
  Austronesian languages

Wiru or Witu is the language spoken by the Wiru people of Ialibu-Pangia District of the Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. It may be a language isolate within the family of Trans–New Guinea languages.

Trans–New Guinea pronouns are no 1sg (< *na) and ki-wi 2pl, ki-ta 2du (< *ki). There are a considerable number of resemblances with the Engan languages, suggesting Wiru might be a member of that family, but language contact has not been ruled out as the reason.


  1. ^ Wiru at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Wiru". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

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