|Region||Papua province: western Asmat Regency and Yahukimo Regency|
Momuna (Momina), also known as Somahai (Somage, Sumohai), is a Papuan language spoken in the highlands of Papua province, Indonesia.
Reimer notes two dialects, one on the Balim River and one on the Rekai. One of the differences is that when /u/ follows an /u/ or /o/ in the Balim dialect, it is /i/ in the Rekai dialect. Thus the ethnonym 'Momuna' is pronounced 'Momina' in Rekai dialect.
The Somahai pronouns, singular *na, *ka, *mo, are typical of Trans–New Guinea languages. They were placed in the Central and South New Guinea branch of that family by Wurm. Ross could not locate enough evidence to classify them. Usher found them to be closest to the Mek languages, in the Central West New Guinea, which partially overlaps with Wurm's C&SNG.
The following basic vocabulary words of Momuna are from the Trans-New Guinea database:
gloss Momuna head toko hair toko-ate eye otu tooth ija leg i jo-ku louse amega dog kwoka pig uwo egg magisaga blood janɨ bone toko skin ke tree kwo man mogo-mearu sun ɨkɨ water iŋga fire kukwa stone kɨ eat nowa-
- Momuna at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
Momina at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Momuna–Mek, New Guinea World
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Somahai". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Momuna, New Guinea World
- Greenhill, Simon (2016). "TransNewGuinea.org - database of the languages of New Guinea". Retrieved 2020-11-05.
- Ross, Malcolm (2005). "Pronouns as a preliminary diagnostic for grouping Papuan languages". In Andrew Pawley; Robert Attenborough; Robin Hide; Jack Golson (eds.). Papuan pasts: cultural, linguistic and biological histories of Papuan-speaking peoples. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. pp. 15–66. ISBN 0858835622. OCLC 67292782.