Native toIndonesia
RegionWest Papua
Language codes
ISO 639-3None (mis)

Kuwani is a poorly attested Papuan language of the Bird's Head Peninsula of New Guinea. It is attested only from a single word list, and even its exact location is unknown.[1]


Smits and Voorhoeve (1998) assumed it to be equivalent to Kalabra, but there are significant lexical differences.[2] Some lexical differences between Kuwani and Kalabra are given below.[3]

gloss Kuwani Kalabra
‘ear’ indibit difitlas
‘eye’ inzibun sifogo
‘hand’ owani defo
‘1SG tetike tet


  1. ^ Language, 1979, 55:899
  2. ^ Smits, Leo and C.L. Voorhoeve. 1998. The J. C. Anceaux collection of wordlists of Irian Jaya languages B: Non-Austronesian (Papuan) languages (Part II) Leiden/Jakarta: DSALCUL/IRIS.
  3. ^ Holton, Gary; Klamer, Marian (2018). "The Papuan languages of East Nusantara and the Bird's Head". In Palmer, Bill (ed.). The Languages and Linguistics of the New Guinea Area: A Comprehensive Guide. The World of Linguistics. Vol. 4. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. pp. 569–640. ISBN 978-3-11-028642-7.