Waiwai language

Native to Brazil, Guyana
Ethnicity Wai-Wai
Native speakers
(2,200 cited 1990–2006)[1]
  • Parukotoan

    • Waiwai languages
      • Waiwai
  • Katawian (Tunayana)
  • Karahawyana
Language codes
ISO 639-3 waw
Glottolog waiw1244[2]

Waiwai /ˈww/[3] (Uaiuai, Uaieue, Ouayeone) is a Cariban language of northern Brazil, with a couple hundred speakers across the border in southern Guyana.


  1. Waiwai at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Waiwai". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. Laurie Bauer, 2007, The Linguistics Student’s Handbook, Edinburgh
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