Yawa language

Not to be confused with Yapen languages.
Native to Indonesia
Region Cenderawasih Bay
Native speakers
10,000 (2011)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 yva
Glottolog nucl1454[2]

Yawa (Yava) is the Papuan language of central Yapen Island in Geelvink (Cenderawasih) Bay, Indonesia. Alternative names are Iau (not the same as Iau language), Mantembu, Mora, Turu, and Yapanani.


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

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