Mai Brat languages

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May Brat
Central Bird's Head
Bird's Head Peninsula
Linguistic classification: West Papuan ?
Glottolog: (not evaluated)

The May Brat languages are a small language family of the Maybrat Regency, Bird's Head Peninsula of New Guinea. They are not closely related to any other language, and though Ross (2005) assigned them to the West Papuan languages, based on similarities in pronouns, Ethnologue (2009) removed them as an independent language family.


  • 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.