Halmahera Sea languages

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Halmahera Sea
Raja Ampat-South Halmahera
Halmahera Sea and Raja Ampat Islands, New Guinea
Linguistic classification: Austronesian
Glottolog: raja1255[1]

The Halmahera Sea languages, also known as the Raja Ampat-South Halmahera languages, are a branch of Malayo-Polynesian languages spoken on islands in the Halmahera Sea, and on its margins from the south-eastern coast of Halmahera to the Raja Ampat Islands of the western tip of New Guinea.

The languages of the Raja Ampat Islands show a strong Papuan substratum influence; it is not clear that they are actually Austronesian as opposed to relexified Papuan languages.[2]

Remijsen (2001) and Blust (1978) linked the languages of Raja Ampat to the South Halmahera languages. David Kamholz (2014) breaks up Raja Ampat, so that the structure of the Halmahera Sea languages is as follows:


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Raja Ampat-South Halmahera". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  2. ^ Remjsen, Bert (2001). Word-Prosodic Systems of Raja Ampat languages. Utrecht: LOT.