Morori language

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Ethnicity250 (1998)[1]
Native speakers
50 (1998)[1]
Trans–New Guinea
Language codes
ISO 639-3mok
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 of the Kolopom branch of the Trans–New Guinea family. It is separated from the other Kolopom languages by the intrusive Marind family.[3] 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.
  3. ^ New Guinea World, Kolopom
  • 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&ndash, 66. ISBN 0858835622. OCLC 67292782.