Raja Ampat languages

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Raja Ampat
Geographic
distribution:
Raja Ampat Islands, New Guinea
Linguistic classification: Austronesian
Glottolog: raja1257[1]

The Raja Ampat languages are the branch of Malayo-Polynesian languages spoken on the Raja Ampat Islands of the western tip of New Guinea. They show a strong Papuan substratum influence; it is not clear that they are actually Austronesian as opposed to relexified Papuan languages.[2]

The languages include:

Waigeo (Ambel), Matbat, Ma'ya (Salawati, Laganyan, Wauyai, Biga, Kawe), Biga, Batanta (possibly a dialect of Ma'ya; probably extinct), Gebe, and As.[3]

Ethnologue also lists Maden, which may be a dialect of Ma'ya.[4]

Remijsen (2001) and Blust (1978) maintain that their nearest relatives are the South Halmahera languages.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Raja Ampat". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  2. ^ Remjsen, Bert (2001). Word-Prosodic Systems of Raja Ampat languages. Utrecht: LOT.
  3. ^ Remjsen, Bert (2001). Word-Prosodic Systems of Raja Ampat languages. Utrecht: LOT.
  4. ^ [1] Ethnologue, retrieved 1st July 2014.