Chimbu–Wahgi languages

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Central East New Guinea Highlands
Simbu – Western Highlands
New Guinea
Linguistic classificationNortheast New Guinea?
  • Chimbu–Wahgi
  • Chimbu
  • Hagen
  • Jimi
  • Wahgi
Chimbu-Wahgi languages.svg
Map: The Chimbu–Wahgi languages of New Guinea
  The Chimbu–Wahgi languages
  Trans–New Guinea languages
  Other Papuan languages
  Austronesian languages

The Chimbu–Wahgi languages are a language family sometimes included in the Trans–New Guinea proposal.


There is little doubt that the Chimbu–Wahgi family is valid. The languages are:[2]


Several of the Chimbu–Wahgi languages have lateral consonants, which are uncommon: see Nii, Wahgi, and Kuman for examples. Tone is contrastive. The singular pronouns are:

1 *ná
2 *nim
3 *[y]é

Dual *-l and plural *-n reflect Trans–New Guinea forms.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Chimbu-Wahgi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ [1]

Further reading[edit]

  • 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.

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