Monumbo languages

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Bogia Bay
Bogia District, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea
Linguistic classificationTorricelli or a possible primary language family

The Monumbo or Bogia languages are a pair of closely related languages that constitute a branch of the Torricelli language family. They are spoken in a few coastal villages of Bogia District, Madang Province in Papua New Guinea.

There are two languages,

Monumbo (Mambuwan) and Lilau


They have for several decades been lumped into the Torricelli family 100 km to the west, but "no evidence [for this] was ever presented" according to Glottolog.[2] Foley (2018) classifies the Monumbo languages as Torricelli.[3]


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Bogia". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ Glottolog: Monumbo
  3. ^ Foley, William A. (2018). "The Languages of the Sepik-Ramu Basin and Environs". In Palmer, Bill (ed.). The Languages and Linguistics of the New Guinea Area: A Comprehensive Guide. The World of Linguistics. 4. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. pp. 197–432. ISBN 978-3-11-028642-7.