Southeast Papuan languages

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Southeast Papuan
Bird's Tail
Papuan Peninsula
Geographic
distribution
Southeastern peninsula of New Guinea
Linguistic classificationTrans–New Guinea
  • Southeast Papuan
Subdivisions
GlottologNone
Southeast Papuan languages.svg
Map: The Southeast Papuan languages of New Guinea
  The Southeast Papuan languages
  Other Trans–New Guinea languages
  Other Papuan languages
  Austronesian languages
  Uninhabited

The Southeast Papuan, Papuan Peninsula or "Bird's Tail" languages are a group of half a dozen small families of Papuan languages in the "Bird's Tail" (southeastern peninsula) of New Guinea that are part of the Trans–New Guinea (TNG) phylum.

Languages[edit]

The languages are as follows:[1]

They have in common ya for 'you' (plural) instead of proto-TNG *gi.

References[edit]

  • Ross, Malcolm (2005). "Pronouns as a preliminary diagnostic for grouping Papuan languages". In Andrew Pawley; Robert Attenborough; Robin Hide; Jack Golson (eds.). Papuan pasts: cultural, linguistic and biological histories of Papuan-speaking peoples. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. pp. 15–66. ISBN 0858835622. OCLC 67292782.