Saponi language

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Region New Guinea
Extinct moribund by 2000[1]
(lexically Lakes Plain,
grammatically East Bird's Head)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 spi
Glottolog sapo1254[2]

Saponi is an extinct Papuan language of Indonesia.[1] It shared half of its basic vocabulary with the Rasawa language, but it's not clear that they were related. Saponi shared none of its pronouns with the Lakes Plain family that Rasawa is part of; indeed its basic pronouns mamire "I, we" and ba "thou" are remenincent of proto–East Bird's Head *meme "we" and *ba "thou".


  1. ^ a b Saponi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Saponi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.