Native toIndonesia
Native speakers
(4,600 cited 1993)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3mxn

Moi is a West Papuan language of the Bird's Head Peninsula of New Guinea.



Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Nasal m n ɲ ŋ
Plosive voiceless p t k (ʔ)
voiced b d ɡ
Fricative f s h
Approximant w l j
Trill r

[ʔ] is in free variation with /k/ in word-final position.


Front Central Back
Close i u
Close-mid e ə o
Open-mid ɛ ɔ
Open a ɑ

/i, u/ can also be heard as [ɪ, ʊ].[2][3]


  1. ^ Moi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Penyusun, Tim (2017). Kamus dwibahasa: Bahasa Mooi - Bahasa Indonesia.
  3. ^ Menick, Raymond (1995). Moi, a language of the West Papuan phylum: A preview. Baak, Connie and Bakker, Mary and van der Meij, Dick (eds.), Tales from a concave world: Liber amicorum Bert Voorhoeve: Leiden University. pp. 55–73.