RegionEastern New Guinea
Native speakers
6,000 (1998)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3myw

Muyuw language (Egum, Murua, Murua Dukwayasi, Murua Kaulae, Muruwa, Muyu, Muyua, Muyuwa) is one of the Kilivila–Louisiades languages (of the Austronesian language family), spoken on the Woodlark Islands , in the Solomon Sea within Papua New Guinea.

Number of speakers: 6,000 (1998), of them 3,000 are monolinguals. Speakers also use Dobu, Kilivila or Misima-Paneati. Latin script is used.

Dialects included Yanaba, Lougaw (Gawa), Wamwan, Nawyem, Iwa. Iwa dialect is transitional between Muyuw and Kilivila. Lexical similarity 68% with Kilivila.


Phonology of the Muyuw language:[2]


Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar
plain lab. plain lab.
Plosive voiceless p t k
voiced b d ɡ ɡʷ
Nasal m
Fricative v s
Lateral l
Approximant w j


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


  1. ^ Muyuw at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Lithgow, Daphne & David (1974). Muyuw language. Dictionaries of Papua New Guinea, 1.; Ukarumpa, Papua New Guinea: Ukarumpa: Summer Institute of Linguistics.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location (link)