West Bomberai languages

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West Bomberai
West New Guinea
Linguistic classification Trans–New Guinea ?
  • Karas
  • West Bomberai proper
Glottolog west2604[1]

The West Bomberai languages are a small family of Papuan languages spoken on the Bomberai Peninsula of western New Guinea. Two of the languages, Baham and Iha, are closely related to each other; the third is distant. The West Bomberai family is included as part of Ross' West Trans–New Guinea proposal.[2]

Ross reconstructs the pronouns as *na 1sg, *ka 2sg, *bi(r) 1ex, *in 1in, *ki 2pl, of which 1sg, 2sg, and 2pl correspond to proto-Trans–New Guinea.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "West Bomberai". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  2. ^
    • Ross, Malcolm (2005). "Pronouns as a preliminary diagnostic for grouping Papuan languages". In Andrew Pawley; Robert Attenborough; Robin Hide; Jack Golson. Papuan pasts: cultural, linguistic and biological histories of Papuan-speaking peoples. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. pp. 15–66. ISBN 0858835622. OCLC 67292782.