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Kiwaian languages

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Kiwaian languages

New Guinea
Linguistic classification: Trans–New Guinea ?
  • Kiwaian
Glottolog: kiwa1251[1]
Map: The Kiwaian languages of New Guinea
  The Kiwaian languages
  Other Trans–New Guinea languages
  Other Papuan languages
  Austronesian languages

The Kiwaian languages form a branch of the Trans–New Guinea language family of New Guinea. They are a dialect cluster of half a dozen closely related languages. They are grammatically divergent from other Trans–New Guinea languages, and typically have singular, dual, trial, and plural pronouns.


Pronouns are,

sg pl
1 *mo['o] *nimo
2 *[o]ro *nigo
3 *nou *nei

None of these reflect proto-TNG pronouns. However, Kiwaian languages have basic TNG lexical words like body-part terms.


The Trans–New Guinea identity of Kiwaiian is supported by a relatively large number of basic lexical items. Ross (2005) tentatively linked Kiwaiian to the erstwhile language isolate Porome. However, the evidence is only two pronouns, and the connection has not been accepted by other researchers.


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