Karas language

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Karas
Kalamang
Region West Papua
Native speakers
(240 cited 1983)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 kgv
Glottolog kara1499[2]

Karas is a divergent Trans–New Guinea language spoken on the biggest of the Karas Islands off the Bomberai Peninsula, that appears to be most closely related to the West Bomberai languages.

Pronouns[edit]

Cowan (1953) records the following pronouns for Karas.

SG DU PL
1 aan inir piridok (exc.)
aantemu (?) (inc.)
2 kame  ? kijumene
3 mame mjeir mubameir

References[edit]

  • Cowan, H.K.J. 1953. Voorlopige Resultaten van een Ambtelijk Taalonderzoek in Nieuw-Guinea. 's-Gravenhage: Marinus Nijhoff.
  1. ^ Karas at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Karas". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: 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. Papuan pasts: cultural, linguistic and biological histories of Papuan-speaking peoples. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. pp. 15–66. ISBN 0858835622. OCLC 67292782.