Southeast Papuan languages

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Southeast Papuan
Bird's Tail
Papuan Peninsula
Geographic
distribution
Southeastern peninsula of New Guinea
Linguistic classificationTrans–New Guinea
  • Southeast Papuan
Subdivisions
GlottologNone
Southeast Papuan languages.svg
Map: The Southeast Papuan languages of New Guinea
  The Southeast Papuan languages
  Other Trans–New Guinea languages
  Other Papuan languages
  Austronesian languages
  Uninhabited

The Southeast Papuan or Papuan Peninsula ("Bird's Tail") languages are a group of half a dozen small families of Papuan languages in the "Bird's Tail" (southeastern peninsula) of New Guinea that are part of the Trans–New Guinea (TNG) phylum.

Languages[edit]

The languages are as follows:[1]

They have in common ya for 'you' (plural) instead of proto-TNG *gi.

Pronouns[edit]

Usher (2020) reconstructs the pronouns as:[2]

Owen Stanley Meneao (Dagan)
sg pl sg pl
1 *na ? *n[e/a] *nu
2 *ga *ja *g[e/a] *j[e/a]
3 *e (?) *ie (?) *me *mV

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