Languages of Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is linguistically the most complex nation of the world. Over 800 languages are spoken in this Pacific country. This site shows some of this linguistic diversity by making available the research results carried out by SIL staff.

Language maps, linguistic analysis, language research software and fonts are available for download.  Browse our Language and Culture Archive collection of over 1,500 PNG-related linguistic papers. This valuable research available for free.

While working alongside language communities, SIL-PNG and local contributors have produced more than 2,500 publications since it began work in Papua New Guinea in 1956. SIL makes these research results accessible to benefit local communities and the world.



Language Maps


Online Publications