Pawaia language

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Region Papua New Guinea
Native speakers
unknown (4,000 cited 1991)[1]
Aurama (Turoha, Uri)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 pwa
Glottolog pawa1255[2]
Pawaia language.svg
Map: The Pawaia language of New Guinea
  The Pawaia language
  Other Trans–New Guinea languages
  Other Papuan languages
  Austronesian languages

Pawaia, also known as Sira, Tudahwe, Yasa, is a Trans–New Guinea language that forms a tentative independent branch of that family in the classification of Malcolm Ross (2005). Although Pawaia has proto-Trans–New Guinea vocabulary, Ross considers its inclusion questionable on available evidence.


  1. Pawaia at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Pawaia". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Ross, Malcolm (2005). "Pronouns as a preliminary diagnostic for grouping Papuan languages". In Andrew Pawley, Robert Attenborough, Robin Hide, Jack Golson, eds (ed.). Papuan pasts: cultural, linguistic and biological histories of Papuan-speaking peoples. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. pp. 15–66. ISBN 0858835622. OCLC 67292782.CS1 maint: multiple names: editors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text: editors list (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>