Wiru language

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Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionIalibu-Pangia District,
Southern Highlands Province
Native speakers
(15,300 cited 1967, repeated 1981)[1]
Papuan Gulf ?
  • Teberan–Pawaian[2]
    • Wiru
Language codes
ISO 639-3wiu
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.

Trans–New Guinea–like 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. Usher classifies it with the Teberan languages.


  1. ^ Wiru at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ New Guinea World, Tua River
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Wiru". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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