Suarmin language

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Suarmin
Asaba, Asabano
Duranmin
Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionSandaun Province
Native speakers
140 (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3seo
Glottologsuar1238[2]

Suarmin, or Asaba, is a Sepik language spoken in Sandaun Province, Papua-New Guinea. Alternative names are Asabano, Akiapmin, Duranmin.

Glottolog leaves it unclassified.

Pronouns[edit]

Pronouns are:[3]

sg du pl
1incl adi abe
1excl a nadi nesine
2 abo abodua apa
3 yo atadua ata

Noun classes[edit]

In Asaba, noun class affixes are suffixed to nouns. There are five noun classes. Examples:[3]

class singular (ex.) plural (ex.) gloss (ex.)
class 1 nu-bu nu-le house(s)
class 2 mena-du mena-no pig(s)
class 3 kabia-si kabia-le stone(s)
class 4 moko-ni moko-le fork(s)
class 5 nomo-so nomo-l stone adze(s)

Class 1 is the default noun class.

Modifying adjectives agree with head nouns in class:[3]

na-bu kamaya-bu
tree-I.SG big-I.SG
‘tall tree’


kaiyebe-du kamaya-du
cassowary-II.SG big-II.SG
‘big cassowary’

References[edit]

  1. ^ Suarmin at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Asabano". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ a b c Foley, William A. (2018). "The Languages of the Sepik-Ramu Basin and Environs". In Palmer, Bill (ed.). The Languages and Linguistics of the New Guinea Area: A Comprehensive Guide. The World of Linguistics. 4. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. pp. 197–432. ISBN 978-3-11-028642-7.