Western Dani language

Western Dani
Region Highlands of Papua Province, Indonesia
Ethnicity Lani
Native speakers
180,000 (1993)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 dnw
Glottolog west2594[2]

Western Dani, or Laani, is the most populous Papuan language in Indonesian New Guinea. It is spoken by the Lani people in the province of Papua. The Swart Valley tribes are called Oeringoep and Timorini in literature from the 1920s, but those names are no longer used.


  1. Western Dani at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Western Dani". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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