Bulaka River languages

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Bulaka River
Yelmek–Maklew
Jabga
Ethnicity: Jab (Yab)
Geographic
distribution:
New Guinea
Linguistic classification: Trans-Fly – Bulaka River ?
  • Bulaka River
Subdivisions:
Glottolog: bula1259[1]
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Map: The Bulaka River languages of New Guinea
  The Bulaka River languages
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The Bulaka River languages are a pair of closely related Papuan languages, Yelmek and Maklew, on the Bulaka River in Indonesian West Papua. They are ethnically Yab (Jab); their speech is Yabga (Jabga). Ross (2005) tentatively includes them in the proposed Trans-Fly – Bulaka River family.

Pronouns[edit]

The pronouns Ross reconstructs for the family are,

Proto–Bulaka River
I *ŋöl we *ŋag
thou *ob you *el
s/he *ib they *im

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Bulaka River". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  • Ross, Malcolm (2005). "Pronouns as a preliminary diagnostic for grouping Papuan languages". In Andrew Pawley, Robert Attenborough, Robin Hide, Jack Golson, eds. Papuan pasts: cultural, linguistic and biological histories of Papuan-speaking peoples. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. pp. 15–66. ISBN 0858835622. OCLC 67292782.