Waia language

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Region New Guinea
Native speakers
3,000 (2002)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 knv
Glottolog tabo1241
Map: The Waia language of New Guinea
  The Waia language (south center)
  Trans–New Guinea languages
  Other Papuan languages
  Austronesian languages

Waia (Waya) or Tabo is a language of the proposed Trans-Fly – Bulaka River family in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea, just north of the Fly River delta. The language has also been known as Hiwi or Hibaradai.[2]


  1. Waia at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Waia language". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>