Walio languages

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Central Leonhard Schultze River
Sepik River basin, Papua New Guinea
Linguistic classificationSepik?

The Walio languages are a small family of clearly related languages,

Walio, Pei, Yawiyo, and Tuwari.

However, they are not close: Walio and Yawiyo have only a 12% lexical similarity.[2] They are frequently classified among the Sepik languages of northern Papua New Guinea, though Glottolog leaves them out. Glottolog 3.4 classifies the Walio languages as an independent language family.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Walioic". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ Walio languages at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
  • Ross, Malcolm (2005). "Pronouns as a preliminary diagnostic for grouping Papuan languages". In Andrew Pawley; Robert Attenborough; Robin Hide; Jack Golson (eds.). Papuan pasts: cultural, linguistic and biological histories of Papuan-speaking peoples. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. pp. 15–66. ISBN 0858835622. OCLC 67292782.