RegionMalind District, Merauke Regency, Indonesia
Native speakers
(10,000 cited 1987–2002)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Either:
mrz – Southeast
bpv – Northwest

Marind is a Papuan language spoken in Malind District, Merauke Regency, Indonesia by over ten thousand people. Dialects are Southeast Marind, Gawir, Holifoersch, and Tugeri. Bian Marind (Northwest Marind), also known as Boven-Mbian, is divergent enough to not be mutually intelligible, and has been assigned a separate ISO code.[2]

Marind separates the Trans-Fly–Bulaka River languages, which would otherwise occupy a nearly continuous stretch of southern New Guinea.


  1. ^ Southeast at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
    Northwest at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Eberhard, David M.; Simons, Gary F.; Fennig, Charles D., eds. (2019). "Indonesia languages". Ethnologue: Languages of the World (22nd ed.). Dallas: SIL International.

Further reading

  • Geurtjens, Hendrik (1933). Marindineesch–Nederlandsch Woordenboek. Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Bataviaasch Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen, 71, 5 (in Dutch). Bandoeng: Nix.
  • Drabbe, Peter (1955). Spraakkunst van het Marind: Zuidkust Nederlands Nieuw-Guinea. Studia Instituti Anthropos, 11 (in Dutch). Wien-Mödling: Missiehuis St. Gabriël.
  • Olsson, Bruno (2017). The Coastal Marind Language (PhD thesis). Nanyang Technological University. doi:10.32657/10356/73235. hdl:10356/73235.
  • Kriens, Ronald. 2003. Report on the Kumbe river survey south coast of Irian Jaya, Indonesia. SIL International.