North New Guinea languages

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North New Guinea
Northern New Guinea
Linguistic classificationAustronesian

The North New Guinea languages of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia form a possible linkage of Western Oceanic languages.


According to Lynch, Ross, & Crowley (2002), the structure of the family is as follows:

The center of dispersal was evidently near the Vitiaz Strait between New Britain and the New Guinea mainland.

The inclusion of Sarmi and Jayapura Bay is uncertain, and it may constitute a separate branch of Western Oceanic.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "North New Guinea linkage". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  • Ross, Malcolm (1988). Proto Oceanic and the Austronesian languages of western Melanesia. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.