Senagi languages


Senagi languages

Infobox Language family
name=Senagi
region=New Guinea
familycolor=Papuan
family=a possible primary family of Papuan languages
The Senagi languages are a small independent family of Papuan languages in the classification of Malcolm Ross, that had been part of Stephen Würm's Trans-New Guinea proposal.

The Angor language is unusual in that it distinguishes gender in the second- and third-person dual and plural "(you" and "they)," but not in the singular. It is not clear if Dera does the same.

Classification

The Senagi family consists of only two languages:

* Senagi family: Angor, Dera

The most promising external links are with the Sepik and Torricelli languages. The pronoun for "I" is reconstructed as "*wan" for both proto-Senagi and proto-Sepik, while the Angor masculine dual and plural pronominal suffixes "-fa-" and "-mu-" appear to reflect the proto-Sepik and proto-Torricelli dual and plural pronominal suffixes "*-p" and "*-m."

ee also

*Papuan languages

References


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