Elseng language

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Region Papua, Indonesia
Native speakers
(300 cited 1991)[1]
Border ?
  • Elseng
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mrf
Glottolog else1239[2]

Elseng (Morwap) is a poorly documented Papuan language spoken by about 300 people (in 1991) in the Indonesian province of Papua. It is also known as Morwap, which means "what is it?"

Laycock classified Elseng as a language isolate, but noted pronominal similarities with the Border languages. Ross included it in Border because of these similarities, but noted that it does not appear to share any lexical similarities with the family. However, this may be an effect of the paucity of data on Elseng.


  1. ^ Elseng at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Elseng". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 

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