Sawi language

Native to Indonesia
Region Papua
Ethnicity Sawi
Native speakers
3,500 (1993)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 saw
Glottolog sawi1257[2]

Sawi or Sawuy is a language of the Sawi people of the Trans–New Guinea phylum spoken in sago swamps of West Irian. 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; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Sawi". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. Voorhoeve 1971: 89-90.

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