Marind languages

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Ethnicity Marind people
New Guinea
Linguistic classification Trans–New Guinea
  • Marind
  • Boazi
  • Marind
  • Yaqay
Glottolog mari1437[1]
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.

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