- Piawi languages
Infobox Language family
Papua New Guinea
family=a primary family of Papuan languages
Piawi consists of only two languages:
* Piawi family: Hagahai (Pinai), Haruai (Waibuk)
Davies and Comrie 1985 noted some pronominal similarities with the Engan languages in
Trans-New Guinea, which Ross took into consideration, but no lexical similarities. Comrie believes the family is as isolate. According to Ross, connections with Ramu languages such as Arafundi appear more promising.
Below is a comparison of proto-Piawi, proto-Ramu, Arafundi, and proto-North Engan pronouns, per Ross. Initial nasals are ubiquitous, and indeed are very common throughout New Guinea, so they are in themselves not good evidence of a relationship.
Both Engan and Piawi have a dual suffix "*li".
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