Hatam–Mansim languages

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Hatam–Moi Brai
Eastern Bird's Head, Indonesian Papua
Linguistic classificationWest Papuan
  • (extended) East Bird's Head
    • Hatam–Mansim

Hatam–Mansim is a small language family of New Guinea, consisting of two languages:

Ross (2005) tentatively classified Hatam as a branch of the West Papuan family, based on similarities in pronouns (he did not consider Mansim), but Glottolog continues to list Hatam–Mansim as an independent family.[1] Following Reesink (2002), Glottolog lists Mansim as a language distinct from Hattam: "comparisons of old wordlists (e.g. von der Gabelentz & Meyer 1882) readily confirm this difference."[2]

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  1. ^ a b Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Hatam–Mansim". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ Hammarström (2015) Ethnologue 16/17/18th editions: a comprehensive review: online appendices
  • 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.