Baining languages

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Baining
East New Britain
Ethnicity: Baining people
Geographic
distribution:
New Britain
Linguistic classification: a primary family of Papuan languages
Subdivisions:
  • Baining
  • Taulil
Glottolog: None
bain1263  (Baining proper)[1]
taul1250  (Taulil–Butam)[2]

The Baining or East New Britain languages are a possible small language family spoken by the Baining people on the island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea. They were classified as East Papuan languages by Wurm, but this does not now seem tenable.

The languages are:

Glottolog does not accept that a connection between the two branches has been demonstrated.[1]

Pronouns[edit]

The pronouns Ross reconstructs for proto-Baining are,

I *ŋa we two *(ŋ)un we *udu
thou *ŋi you two *yu you *ŋan
he *(k)a they two (M) *ip they *ta
she *(k)e they two (F)  ?

The possessive pronouns his and her are *vat and *vet.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Baining proper". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Taulil–Butam". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  • Dunn, Michael; Angela Terrill; Ger Reesink; Robert A. Foley; Stephen C. Levinson (2005). Structural Phylogenetics and the Reconstruction of Ancient Language History. Science magazine, 23 Sept. 2005, vol. 309, p 2072.
  • Ross, Malcolm (2005). Pronouns as a preliminary diagnostic for grouping Papuan languages." In: Andrew Pawley, Robert Attenborough, Robin Hide and Jack Golson, eds, Papuan pasts: cultural, linguistic and biological histories of Papuan-speaking peoples, 15-66. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.

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