Western Fijian
Native toFiji
Regionwestern half of Viti Levu, Yasawa Islands and Mamanuca Islands
Native speakers
(57,000 cited 1977)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3wyy

Western Fijian, also known as Wayan[2]: 212  is an Oceanic language spoken in Fiji by about 57,000 people.

It is distinct from Eastern Fijian (also known as Bauan or Standard Fijian).


Western Fijian consonant phonemes[2][3]
Labial Dental/
Palatal Velar Glottal
plain lab.
Nasal m n ŋ ŋʷ
Plosive voiced/pren. ᵐb ⁿd ⁿdʒ ᵑɡ ᵑɡʷ
voiceless t k (ʔ)
Fricative voiced β ð
voiceless s h
Trill r ⁿr
Approximant w l j

/mː/ is heard in the Wayan dialect.[2]: 212 

Western Fijian vowel phonemes[2]
Front Central Back
High i u
Mid e o
Low a

Most Fijian languages have a unique prenasalized alveolar trill, transcribed here as ⟨ⁿr⟩. Western Fijian in particular, is unique among Fijian languages for having labialized velar consonants. All vowels come in long and short forms, and so does the bilabial nasal (/m/).[2]: 212 


  1. ^ Western Fijian at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c d e Blust, R. A; Pacific Linguistics, Australian National University (2009). The Austronesian languages. ISBN 978-0858836020.
  3. ^ Geraghty, Paul (2002). "Nadrogā". In Lynch, John; Ross, Malcolm; Crowley, Terry (eds.). The Oceanic Languages. Richmond: Curzon. pp. 833–847.