Kolopom languages

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New Guinea
Linguistic classification Trans–New Guinea
  • Kolopom
Glottolog kolo1268[1]
Map: The Kolopom languages of New Guinea
  The Kolopom languages
  Other Trans–New Guinea languages
  Other Papuan languages
  Austronesian languages

The Kolopom languages are a family of Trans–New Guinea languages in the classifications of Stephen Wurm (1975) and of Malcolm Ross (2005). Along with the Mombum languages, they are the languages spoken on Yos Sudarso Island (Kolopom Island). The three Kolopom languages,

Kimaama (Kimaghama), Riantana, Ndom,

are closely related; Ndom is a bit more distant than the other two.

Pronouns are:

sg pl
1 *na *ni
2 *[a]ga *[i]gi
3 ? *i


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Kolopom". 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.