Guhu-Samane language

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Region Papua New Guinea
Native speakers
13,000 (2000 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ghs
Glottolog guhu1244[2]

Guhu-Samane, also known as Bia, Mid-Waria, Muri, Paiawa, Tahari, is a divergent Trans–New Guinea language that is related to the Binanderean family in the classification of Malcolm Ross (2005).


Smallhorn (2011:131) gives the following dialects.

  • Kipu (most widely spoken)
  • Bapi
  • Garaina
  • Sekare
  • Sinaba


  1. ^ Guhu-Samane at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Guhu-Samane". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  • 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. 
  • Smallhorn, Jacinta Mary. 2011. The Binanderean languages of Papua New Guinea: reconstruction and subgrouping. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.