Bosavi languages

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New Guinea
Linguistic classification Trans–New Guinea
  • Bosavi
Glottolog bosa1245[1]
Map: The Bosavi languages of New Guinea
  The Bosavi languages
  Other Trans–New Guinea languages
  Other Papuan languages
  Austronesian languages

The Bosavi languages are a family of the Trans–New Guinea languages in the classification of Malcolm Ross.

The languages, which are closely related (though they may have only 10–15% of their vocabulary in common), are:

They are named after Mount Bosavi. Pronouns are:

sg pl
1 *na *ni-
2 *ga *gi-
3 *ya *yi-

Dibiyaso (Bainapi) is lexically similar, but this appears to be due to loans. The nearly extinct Turumsa language was added by Ethnologue 16, though it has more vocabulary in common with the unclassified Doso language.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Bosavi". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  • Ross, Malcolm (2005). "Pronouns as a preliminary diagnostic for grouping Papuan languages". In Andrew Pawley; Robert Attenborough; Robin Hide; Jack Golson. Papuan pasts: cultural, linguistic and biological histories of Papuan-speaking peoples. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. pp. 15–66. ISBN 0858835622. OCLC 67292782.