|Native to||Papua New Guinea|
|Region||near the mouth of the Purari River in Gulf Province|
Purari is also known as Koriki, Evorra, I'ai, Maipua, and Namau. "Namau" is a colonial term which means "deaf (lit.), inattentive, or stupid (Williams 1924: 4)." Today people of the Purari Delta find this term offensive. F.E. Williams reports that the "[a]n interpreter suggests that by some misunderstanding the name had its origin in the despair of an early missionary, who, finding the natives turned a deaf ear to his teaching, dubbed them all 'Namau'." (Williams 1924: 4). Koriki, I'ai, and Maipua refer to self-defining groups that make up the six groups that today compose the people who speak Purari. Along with the Baroi (formerly known as the Evorra, which was the name of a village site), Kaimari and the Vaimuru, these groups speak mutually intelligible dialects of Purari.
Unlike most other neighboring Papuan languages, Purari (Baimuru) is non-tonal.
The following basic vocabulary words are from the Trans-New Guinea database:
gloss Purari head uku hair kimari ear keporo eye inamu nose pina tooth niʔiri tongue anae leg ari louse kaeriʔi dog oroko bird nako egg munu blood aro bone laʔaro skin kape breast ame tree iri man vake woman aʔe sun lare moon ia water ere fire iau stone rore name noe eat navai one monou two leʔeo
- Pawley, Andrew; Hammarström, Harald (2018). "The Trans New Guinea family". 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. 21–196. ISBN 978-3-11-028642-7.
- Purari at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- New Guinea World, Oro – Wharton Range
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Purari". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Petterson, Robert. 2019. Interesting Features of Porome: An Isolate Language of PNG. Paper presented at the LSPNG 2019 Conference. 30pp.
- Greenhill, Simon (2016). "TransNewGuinea.org - database of the languages of New Guinea". Retrieved 2020-11-05.
- Holmes, J. H. (January–June 1913). "A Preliminary Study of the Namau Language, Purari Delta, Papua". Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. 43: 124–142. doi:10.2307/2843165. JSTOR 2843165.
- Williams, F.E. (1924). The natives of the Purari Delta. Port Moresby: Government Printer.
|Purari language test of Wikipedia at Wikimedia Incubator|