Chimbu–Wahgi languages

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

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

Languages[edit]

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

Features[edit]

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

sg
1 *ná
2 *nim
3 *[y]é

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Chimbu–Wahgi". 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.