Yaul language

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Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionEast Sepik Province
Native speakers
1,200 (2003)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3yla

Yaul, also known as Ulwa, is a severely endangered Keram language of Papua New Guinea. It is spoken fluently by fewer than 700 people and semi-fluently by around 1,250 people in four villages of the Angoram District of the East Sepik Province: Manu, Maruat, Dimiri, and Yaul.

According to Barlow (2018), speakers in the Maruat, Dimiri, and Yaul villages speak similar versions of Ulwa while those in Manu speak a considerably different version. Thus, he postulates that there are two different dialects of Ulwa.[3]


  1. ^ Yaul at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Ulwa (Papua New Guinea)". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Barlow (2018)

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