Hattam language

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Native to Papua
Region Eastern Bird's Head
Native speakers
16,000 (1993)[1]
West Papuan ?
  • Hattam
Moi (Moire)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 had
Glottolog hata1242[2]

Hattam, also spelled Hatam, Atam and also known as Borai or Mansim, is a divergent language of New Guinea. It is not closely related to any other language, and though Ross (2005) tentatively assigned it to the West Papuan languages, based on similarities in pronouns, Ethnologue and Glottolog list it as a language isolate[1] or small independent family.[2] Following Reesink (2002), Glottolog lists Mansim, with rumours of 50 speakers, as a distinct language.


  1. ^ a b Hattam at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ a b Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Hatam–Mansim". 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.