Sawi language (Papuan)

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Native toIndonesia
Native speakers
(3,500 cited 1993)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3saw

Sawi or Sawuy is a language of the Sawi people of the Trans–New Guinea phylum spoken in sago swamps in the southwestern parts of the Indonesian province of Papua. Of the neighboring languages, it is most closely related to the Awyu languages to the east.[3]

Sawi is an inflecting language and uses both inflections of the stem and suffixes to indicate person, number, and tense.


  1. ^ Sawi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Sawi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Voorhoeve 1971: 89-90.