Yuat languages

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Middle Yuat River
New Guinea
Linguistic classification (as independent language family)
Glottolog yuat1252[1]

The Yuat languages are an independent family of six Papuan languages in the classification of Malcolm Ross that had been part of Stephen Wurm's Sepik–Ramu proposal. However, Foley and Ross could find no lexical or morphological evidence that they are related to the Sepik or Ramu languages.


The Yuat languages proper are:


The pronouns Ross reconstructs for proto-Yuat are:

I *ŋun we *amba
thou *ndi you *mba
s/he *wu they ?

See also


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Yuat". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  • Ross, Malcolm (2005). "Pronouns as a preliminary diagnostic for grouping Papuan languages". In Andrew Pawley; Robert Attenborough; Robin Hide; Jack Golson. Papuan pasts: cultural, linguistic and biological histories of Papuan-speaking peoples. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. pp. 15–66. ISBN 0858835622. OCLC 67292782. 

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