|Linguistic classification:||Trans–New Guinea
Map: The Bosavi languages of New Guinea
The Bosavi languages
Other Trans–New Guinea languages
Other Papuan languages
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.
- 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.
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