Morori language

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Region Papua
Ethnicity 250 (1998)[1]
Native speakers
50 (1998)[1]
Trans–New Guinea
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mok
Glottolog moro1289[2]
Moraori language.svg
Map: The Morori language of New Guinea
  The Morori language (near the southern cape)
  Other Trans–New Guinea languages
  Other Papuan languages
  Austronesian languages

Morori (Marori, Moaraeri, Moraori, Morari) is a moribund Papuan language that forms an independent branch of the Trans–New Guinea family in the classification of Malcolm Ross (2005). All speakers use Papuan Malay or Indonesian as L2, and many know Marind.[1]

An dialect extinct in 1997, Menge, is remembered from ceremonial use.

Pronouns, but little else, connect it to TNG:

sg pl
1 na ni-ɛ
2 ka ki-ɛ
3 ŋɡafi ŋɡamdɛ


  1. ^ a b c Morori at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Morori". 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.