Marind languages

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Ethnicity Marind people
New Guinea
Linguistic classification Trans–New Guinea
  • Fly River (Anim)[1]
    • Marind
  • Marind
  • Yaqay
Glottolog mari1437[2]
Map: The Marind languages of New Guinea
  The Marind languages
  Other Trans–New Guinea languages
  Other Papuan languages
  Austronesian languages

The Marind languages are a well established language family of Papuan languages, spoken by the Marind-anim. They form part of the Trans–New Guinea languages in the classifications of Stephen Wurm and Malcolm Ross.

The pronouns are:

sg pl
1 *no-ko *ni-ki
2 *ɣo-ko *zo-ko
3 (m) *ɛ-ɣi, *ɛ
(f) *-u-

The Marind languages were partially identified by Sidney Herbert Ray and JHP Murray in 1918; the family was filled out by JHMC Boelaars in 1950. It was incorporated into Trans–New Guinea by Stephen Wurm in 1975.

The Boazi languages were formerly classified as Marind.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ New Guinea World, Fly River
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Marind". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: 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.