Pahoturi languages

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New Guinea
Linguistic classification Trans-Fly – Bulaka River ?
  • Pahoturi
Glottolog paho1240[1]
Map: The Pahoturi languages of New Guinea
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The Pahoturi languages are a small family of Papuan languages. They are a pair of languages, Agöb (Dabu) and Idi, south of the Fly River, just west of the Eastern Trans-Fly languages. Ross (2005) tentatively includes them in the proposed Trans-Fly – Bulaka River family.


The two languages are,

Agöb (Dabu), Idi [a dialect chain]

Wurm (1975) and Ross (2005) suggest that Pahoturi may be most closely related to the Tabo (Waia) language just north of the Fly delta. However, they present no evidence, and the pronouns do not match.[2]


The pronouns Ross reconstructs for the family are,

I *ŋa-na we ?
thou *ba or *be you *-bi
s/he *bo they ?

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Pahoturi". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  2. ^ [1]
  • 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.