|East New Britain|
|Linguistic classification:||a primary family of Papuan languages|
The Baining or East New Britain languages are a small language family spoken by the Baining people on the island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea. They were classified as East Papuan languages by Wurm, but this does not now seem tenable.
The languages are:
- Baining proper: Mali, Qaqet, Kairak, Simbali, Ura, Makolkol (extinct)
- Taulil: Taulil, Butam (extinct)
The pronouns Ross reconstructs for proto-Baining are,
I *ŋa we two *(ŋ)un we *udu thou *ŋi you two *yu you *ŋan he *(k)a they two (M) *ip they *ta she *(k)e they two (F) ?
The possessive pronouns his and her are *vat and *vet.
- Dunn, Michael; Angela Terrill; Ger Reesink; Robert A. Foley; Stephen C. Levinson (2005). Structural Phylogenetics and the Reconstruction of Ancient Language History. Science magazine, 23 Sept. 2005, vol. 309, p 2072.
- Ross, Malcolm (2005). Pronouns as a preliminary diagnostic for grouping Papuan languages." In: Andrew Pawley, Robert Attenborough, Robin Hide and Jack Golson, eds, Papuan pasts: cultural, linguistic and biological histories of Papuan-speaking peoples, 15-66. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.