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Arafundi–Piawi languages

Arafundi–Piawi
Upper Yuat River
Geographic
distribution
Papua New Guinea
Linguistic classificationNortheast New Guinea or independent language family
  • Arafundi–Piawi
Subdivisions
GlottologNone

The Arafundi–Piawi languages, also called the Upper Yuat River languages, consist of two small language families, namely Arafundi and Piawi. The connection was first suggested by William A. Foley (Comrie 1992)[citation needed] and confirmed by Timothy Usher.[1] Foley (2018) classifies them separately as an independent language family.[2]

Upper Yuat languages display more typological similarities with Trans-New Guinea than the other language families of the Sepik-Ramu basin do, since the Upper Yuat family is located closer to the Trans-New Guinea area.[2]

Classification

Foley (2018) provides the following classification.[2]

Upper Yuat family

Glottolog splits up the family by classifying Piawi and Arafundi each as independent language families.

Pronouns

Pronouns are:[2]

Proto-Upper Yuat pronouns
sg pl
1 *ni *an ~ *aŋ
2 *na *ne

References

  1. ^ NewGuineaWorld Arafundi and Upper Yuat Rivers
  2. ^ a b c d Foley, William A. (2018). "The Languages of the Sepik-Ramu Basin and Environs". 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. 197–432. ISBN 978-3-11-028642-7.