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Yelmek language

Native toIndonesia
RegionWest Papua
Native speakers
(400 cited 1978)[1]
DialectsGalum, Jilmek, Mopoko, Gonek, Dib (Dibga)
Language codes
ISO 639-3jel

Yelmek, also known as Jelmek, Jelmik or Jab,[2] is a language of the proposed Trans-Fly – Bulaka River family in West Papua.

Yelmek is spoken west of Merauke, between the Digul River and Mbian River, (from north to south) in the villages of Wanam, Bibikem, Woboyo, and Dodalim. Maklew is spoken in Welbuti village.[3]

External links


  1. ^ Yelmek at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Yelmek language". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Evans, Nicholas (2018). "The languages of Southern New Guinea". 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. 641–774. ISBN 978-3-11-028642-7.