|(1,200 cited 1981)
(750 Fasu, 300 Namuni, 150 Some)
Trans–New Guinea ?
Map: The Fasu language of New Guinea
The Fasu language
Other Trans–New Guinea languages
Other Papuan languages
The Fasu language of New Guinea is not closely related to other languages, but forms a possible branch of the Trans–New Guinea (TNG) family. Wurm and Hattori (1981) considered its three principal dialects, Fasu, Some, and Namumi, to be three languages, which they called the West Kutubuan family, but Ethnologue (2009) considers it a single language. It is not close to the two East Kutubuan languages.
Although Fasu has proto-TNG vocabulary, Malcolm Ross considers its traditional inclusion in TNG to be somewhat questionable.
- 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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