Nambu language

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RegionNew Guinea
Native speakers
3,000 (2000–2003)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3Variously:
nmx – Nama
nkm – Namat
ncm – Nambo
mxw – Namo (Dorro)
nex – Neme
nqn – Nen

Nambu is a Papuan dialect cluster of Papua New Guinea. Dialects are distinct but mutually intelligible.[2] However, Ethnologue lists them as separate languages, because speakers prefer individualized literacy materials.[1] Glottolog lists the following varieties: Nama and Dre, Namat, Nambo (also known as Nambu, Arufe or Namna), Namo (also known as Dorro or Mari) and Len, Neme and Nen.[3]


  1. ^ a b Nama at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Namat at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Nambo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Namo (Dorro) at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Neme at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Nen at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Michael J. Rueck, 2011. Social Network Analysis Applied to Language Planning in the Morehead District, Papua New Guinea
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Nambu language". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.