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Kamoro language

RegionMiddle south coast of Western New Guinea
Native speakers
(8,000 cited 1987)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3kgq

The Kamoro language is an Asmat–Kamoro language spoken in New Guinea by approximately 8,000 people. Dialect diversity is notable, and Kamoro should perhaps not be considered a single language.[3]


'Dialects' are as follows.[3]

  • Yamur (far west around Yamur Lake and Etna Bay)
  • Western (Japakòparè, Kéàkwa and Umari Rivers, 450 speakers in 1953)
  • Tarjà (Opa River, 500 speakers speakers in 1953)
  • Middle (Wàkia river to the upper Mimika river, 4,300 speakers speakers in 1953)
  • Kàmora (Kàmora River, 400 speakers speakers in 1953)
  • Wània (Wània River 1,300 speakers speakers in 1953)
  • Mukumùga (Mukumùga river, 800 speakers speakers in 1953)


  1. ^ Kamoro at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Kamoro". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ a b New Guinea World, Kamoro


  • Moseley, Christopher and R. E. Asher, ed. Atlas of the World's Languages (New York: Routledge, 1994) p. 110