Wik languages

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Wik
Middle Paman
EthnicityWik peoples
Geographic
distribution
Cape York Peninsula, Queensland
Linguistic classificationPama–Nyungan
Subdivisions
  • Wik-Ngathan
  • Wik-Me'nh
  • Wik-Mungkan
  • Kugu-Muminh
  • Ayabadhu
  • Pakanha
Glottologwika1239  (Wik proper)[1]
paka1251  (Pakanha)[2]
wikn1246  (Kugu-Muminh)[3]
Wik languages.png
Wik languages (green) among other Pama–Nyungan (tan)

The Wik languages are a subdivision of the Paman languages consisting of sixteen languages, all spoken on the Cape York Peninsula of Queensland, Australia. This grouping was first proposed by R. M. W. Dixon.[4]

Each of the Kugu-Muminh dialects may have the prefix Wik- instead of Kugu-. Wik Paach is not a Wik language despite its name.

The languages are as follows; often various dialects are considered separate languages:

The Flinders Island language and Barrow Point language were apparently Wik.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Wik". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Pakanha". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Wikngenchera". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  4. ^ Dixon, R. M. W. (2002). Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development.