Chimbu–Wahgi languages

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Central–East New Guinea Highlands
New Guinea
Linguistic classification: Trans–New Guinea
  • Chimbu–Wahgi
  • Chimbu
  • Hagen
  • Jimi
  • Wahgi
Glottolog: cent2120[1]
Map: The Chimbu–Wahgi languages of New Guinea
  The Chimbu–Wahgi languages
  Other Trans–New Guinea languages
  Other Papuan languages
  Austronesian languages

The Chimbu–Wahgi languages are a family of the Trans–New Guinea languages.


There is little doubt that the Chimbu–Wahgi family is valid. The languages are:


Several of the Chimbu–Wahgi languages have interesting lateral consonants. See Nii, Wahgi, and Kuman for examples. Tone is contrastive. The singular pronouns are:

1 *ná
2 *nim
3 *[y]é

Dual *-l and plural *-n reflect TNG forms.


  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Central East New Guinea Highlands". Glottolog. 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.