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Distribution of the Mairasi languages
The Mairasi languages, also known as Etna Bay are a small independent family of Papuan languages in the classification of Malcolm Ross, that had been part of Stephen Wurm's Trans–New Guinea proposal.
The Mairasi languages are clearly related to each other.
The pronouns Ross reconstructs for proto-Mairasi are,
I *omo we *etumaka (inclusive), *eme (exclusive) thou *nemi you *keme s/he ? they *negi
- 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.
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