|Region||North coast of Bird's Head Peninsula|
Mpur (also known as Amberbaken, Kebar, Ekware, and Dekwambre), is a language isolate spoken in parts of the Bird's Head Peninsula of New Guinea. It is not closely related to any other language, and though Ross (2005) tentatively assigned it to the West Papuan languages, based on similarities in pronouns, Ethnologue and Glottolog list it as a language isolate. Mpur has a complex tonal system with 4 lexical tones and an additional contour tone, a compound of two of the lexicals. Its tonal system is somewhat similar to the nearby Austronesian languages of Mor and Ma'ya.
Mpur has five vowels: /a, e, i, o, u/.
- "WALS Online -". wals.info. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Mpur". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Amberbaken at Ethnologue (21st ed., 2018)
- Muysken, Pieter. From Linguistic Areas to Areal Linguistics. John Benjamins Publishing Company. p. 134. ISBN 9789027231000.
- Materials on Karnai are included in the open access collections AC1 and CVL1 held by Paradisec.
- Audio and video recording are also available at the DoBeS archive.
- Odé, Cecilia (2002). "A Sketch of Mpur". In Ger P. Reesink (ed.) (eds.). Languages of the Eastern Bird's Head. Pacific Linguistics. 524. Canberra: Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University. pp. 45–107.CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
- 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.
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