Mari language (Sepik)

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Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionEast Sepik Province
Native speakers
80 (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3mbx
Coordinates: 4°20′42″S 143°03′49″E / 4.3449°S 143.063548°E / -4.3449; 143.063548 (Mari)Coordinates: 4°20′42″S 143°03′49″E / 4.3449°S 143.063548°E / -4.3449; 143.063548 (Mari)

Mari is an endangered Sepik language spoken in East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea.

Mari is not used by many children. Although Mari is a language known only by approximately eighty people, it is spoken only within the home. It is spoken in Mari village (4°20′42″S 143°03′49″E / 4.3449°S 143.063548°E / -4.3449; 143.063548 (Mari)) of Gawi Rural LLG, East Sepik Province.[3][4]

Recordings of scriptures in the tongue of Mari can be found on the Global Recordings Website whose mission it is to spread the word of the Gospel to dying languages.


  1. ^ Mari at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Mari (East Sepik Province)". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Eberhard, David M.; Simons, Gary F.; Fennig, Charles D., eds. (2019). "Papua New Guinea languages". Ethnologue: Languages of the World (22nd ed.). Dallas: SIL International.
  4. ^ United Nations in Papua New Guinea (2018). "Papua New Guinea Village Coordinates Lookup". Humanitarian Data Exchange. 1.31.9.