Simbari language

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Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionEastern Highlands, Gulf provinces
Native speakers
(3,000 cited 1990 census)[1]
Trans–New Guinea
Language codes
ISO 639-3smb

Simbari or Chimbari, is an Angan language of Papua New Guinea.

There are at least two dialects of Simbari. The Simbari language is 60 percent cognate with Baruya.[3]

Simbari is spoken by the Sambia people,[4]:37 an ethnonym that is used by American anthropologist Gilbert Herdt. Sambia culture and society have received extensive anthropological studies, especially by Gilbert Herdt.[5][6]

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  1. ^ Simbari at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Simbari". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Fiske, Alan Page. Sambia notes.
  4. ^ Murray, Stephen O (2002), Pacific Homosexualities, Writers Club Press, ISBN 0-595-22785-6
  5. ^ Herdt, Gilbert H. (1981). Guardians of the Flutes: Idioms of Masculinity. New York: McGraw-Hill.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  6. ^ Herdt, Gilbert H. (1982). Rituals of Manhood: Male Initiation in Papua New Guinea. Berkeley: University of California Press.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)