Muyuw language

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Muyuw
Region Eastern New Guinea
Native speakers
6,000 (1998)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 myw
Glottolog muyu1244[2]

Muyuw language (Egum, Murua, Murua Dukwayasi, Murua Kaulae, Muruwa, Muyu, Muyua, Muyuwa) is one of the Kilivila–Louisiades languages (of the Austronesian language family), spoken on the Woodlark Islands , in the Solomon Sea within Papua New Guinea.

Number of speakers: 6,000 (1998), of them 3,000 are monolinguals. Speakers also use Dobu, Kilivila or Misima-Paneati. Latin script is used.

Dialects included Yanaba, Lougaw (Gawa), Wamwan, Nawyem, Iwa. Iwa dialect is transitional between Muyuw and Kilivila. Lexical similarity 68% with Kilivila.

References[edit]

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