Piru Bay
Ambon and Seram, Indonesia
Linguistic classificationAustronesian

The Piru Bay languages are a group of twenty Malayo-Polynesian languages, spoken on Ambon Island and around Piru Bay on the island of Seram, Indonesia. None of the languages have more than about twenty thousand speakers, and several are endangered with extinction.


The languages are as follows:[1][2]

Many of the Piru Bay languages form a dialect continuum.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forke, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2020). "Piru Bay". Glottolog 4.3.
  2. ^ James T. Collins. 1983. The historical relationships of the languages of Central Maluku, Indonesia. Canberra: Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University. (Pacific Linguistics: Series D-47.)