Porome language

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Not to be confused with Rumu language.
Porome
Kibiri
Native to Papua New Guinea
Region Gulf Province, Kikori District, near Aird Hills, on several tributaries of Kikori River, villages of Tipeowo, Doibo, Paile, Babaguina, Ero, and Wowa.southern Papua New Guinea
Coordinates 7°27′S 144°17′E / 7.450°S 144.283°E / -7.450; 144.283
Native speakers
1,200  (2011)[1]
Dialects
Porome
Kibiri
Language codes
ISO 639-3 prm
Glottolog kibi1239[2]
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Map: The Porome language of New Guinea
  The Porome language (large bay, southern PNG)
  Trans–New Guinea languages
  Other Papuan languages
  Austronesian languages
  Uninhabited

Porome, also known as Kibiri, is a Papuan language of southern Papua New Guinea. There are over a thousand speakers.

Porome was classified as a language isolate by Stephen Wurm. Although Malcolm Ross linked it to the Kiwaian languages, there is no evidence for a connection apart from the pronouns 1sg amo and 2sg do.

The independent pronouns and subject suffixes to the verb are as follows:

sg du pl
1 amo, -me amó-kai amó, -ke/-ki
2 do, -ke aia-kai a, -ka
3 da, -a/-bV abo-kai abo, -abo

References[edit]

  1. ^ Porome at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Porome". 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.