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Mairasi
Etna Bay
Geographic
distribution
"New Guinea
"Linguistic classification One of the world's primary "language families
"Glottolog mair1253[1]

The Mairasi languages are a small independent "family of "Papuan languages in the classification of "Malcolm Ross, that had been part of "Stephen Wurm's "Trans–New Guinea proposal.

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Classification[edit]

The Mairasi languages are clearly related to each other.

Mairasi cannot be linked to other families by its pronouns. However, Voorhoeve (1975) links in to the "Sumeri (Tanah Merah) language of the "Trans–New Guinea family, and further research is needed.

Pronouns[edit]

The pronouns Ross reconstructs for proto-Mairasi are,

I *omo we *etumaka ("inclusive), *eme (exclusive)
thou *nemi you *keme
s/he ? they *negi

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Mairasi". "Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 


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