Inland Gulf languages
|Linguistic classification:||Trans–New Guinea
Map: The Inland Gulf languages of New Guinea
The Inland Gulf languages
Other Trans–New Guinea languages
Other Papuan languages
The Inland Gulf languages are a family of Trans–New Guinea languages in the classifications of Stephen Wurm (1975) and Malcolm Ross (2005). The unity of the languages was established by K. Franklin in 1969. Although the family as a whole is clearly valid, Ipiko is quite distinct from the other languages.
- Inland Gulf family
Pronouns for the Minanibai branch are:
sg pl 1 *no *ni 2 *go *dau 3 ? *eti
Ipiko only reflects 1pl *ni.
- 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.
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