|Linguistic classification||North Papuan?|
The Tor–Kwerba languages are a family of Papuan languages. All the languages had been part of Stephen Wurm's 1975 Trans–New Guinea proposal, but he did not recognize them as a unit, retaining Kwerba within Capell's 1962 Dani–Kwerba proposal.
Reconstructed proto-Tor-Kwerba independent pronouns are:
sg pl 1 *ati ~ *ait *ne(n) 2 *ame
Reconstructed proto-Tor-Kwerba words that are widely distributed throughout the family:
- *nukwe ‘eye’
- *tVn ‘leg’
- *nen ‘louse’
- *uŋis ‘sky’
- *ti ~ *it ‘tree’
- 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.