Mek languages

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Ethnicity Mek people
New Guinea
Linguistic classification Trans–New Guinea
  • Mek
Glottolog mekk1240[1]
Map: The Mek languages of New Guinea
  The Mek languages
  Other Trans–New Guinea languages
  Other Papuan languages
  Austronesian languages

The Mek languages are a well established family of Papuan languages spoken by the Mek peoples. They form a branch of the Trans–New Guinea languages (TNG) in the classifications of Stephen Wurm (1975) and of Malcolm Ross (2005).

The Mek languages form three dialect chains (Heeschen 1998):

Pronouns are not well attested, but include:

sg pl
1 *na *nun
2 *ka-n
3 *e-r

Mek, then called Goliath, was identified by M. Bromley in 1967. It was placed in TNG by Wurm (1975).


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Mek". 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.