Mor language (Papuan)

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RegionFakfak Regency, West Papua
Native speakers
30 (2012)[1]
70 semi-speakers (2012)
Language codes
ISO 639-3moq
Mor language.svg
Map: The Mor language of New Guinea
  The Mor language
  Other Trans–New Guinea languages
  Other Papuan languages
  Austronesian languages

Mor is a nearly extinct Trans–New Guinea language of Indonesia.

It may form a tentative independent branch of that family in the classification of Malcolm Ross (2005), but Palmer (2018) classifies it as a language isolate.[3]. However, the only connections are the 1sg and 2 ng pronouns na- and a-:

sg pl
1 na-ya ne-a
2 a-ya omase
3 mena morimene

Usher classifies it with the other Trans–New Guinea languages of the Berau Gulf.[4]


  1. ^ Mor at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Mor (Bomberai Peninsula)". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Palmer, Bill (2018). "Language families of the New Guinea Area". 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. 1–20. ISBN 978-3-11-028642-7.
  4. ^ New Guinea World, Mor
  • 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.