Mek languages

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Mek
Goliath
Ethnicity: Mek people
Geographic
distribution:
New Guinea
Linguistic classification: Trans–New Guinea
  • Mek
Glottolog: mekk1240[1]

Map: The Mek languages of New Guinea
  The Mek languages
  Other Trans–New Guinea languages
  Other Papuan languages
  Austronesian languages
  Uninhabited

The Mek languages are a well established family of Papuan languages spoken by the Mek peoples. They form a branch of the Trans–New Guinea languages in the classifications of Stephen Wurm (1975) and of Malcolm Ross (2005).

The Mek languages form three dialect chains (Heeschen 1998):

Pronouns are not well attested, but include:

sg pl
1 *na *nun
2 *ka-n
3 *e-r

Mek, then called Goliath, was identified by M. Bromley in 1967. It was placed in TNG by Wurm (1975).

References[edit]

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