|Linguistic classification||One of the world's primary language families|
Language families of the Solomon Islands.
The South or East Bougainville languages are a small language family spoken on the island of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. They were classified as East Papuan languages by Wurm, but this does not now seem tenable, and was abandoned in Ethnologue (2009).
The languages include a closely related group called Nasioi and three more divergent languages tentatively classified together under the name Buin:
Ross reconstructed three pronoun paradigms for proto-South Bougainville, free forms plus agentive and patientive (see morphosyntactic alignment) affixes:
|agentive||*a||*o||*i or *e||*u|