Fasu language

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West Kutubuan
RegionNew Guinea
Native speakers
(1,200 cited 1981)[1]
(750 Fasu, 300 Namuni, 150 Some)
Papuan Gulf ?
  • Some
  • Kaibu (Kaipu)
  • Namome (Namumi, Namuni)
Language codes
ISO 639-3faa
Fasu language.svg
Map: The Fasu language of New Guinea
  The Fasu language
  Trans–New Guinea languages
  Other Papuan languages
  Austronesian 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 Glottolog considers it a single language. It is not particularly 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.


  1. ^ Fasu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Fasu". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: 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 (eds.). Papuan pasts: cultural, linguistic and biological histories of Papuan-speaking peoples. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. pp. 15–66. ISBN 0858835622. OCLC 67292782.