Karas language

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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.


Cowan (1953) records the following pronouns for Karas.

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


  • 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.