Southeast Papuan languages - Southeast Papuan languages
|Southeastern peninsula of New Guinea|
|Linguistic classification||Trans–New Guinea|
Map: The Southeast Papuan languages of New Guinea
The Southeast Papuan languages
Other Trans–New Guinea languages
Other Papuan languages
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.
The languages are as follows:
- Dagan (Meneao Range)
- Owen Stanley Range
They have in common ya for 'you' (plural) instead of proto-TNG *gi.
Usher (2020) reconstructs the pronouns as:
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