Baining languages


Baining languages

Infobox Language family
name=Baining
altname=East New Britain
region=New Britain
familycolor=Papuan
family=a primary family of Papuan languages
The Baining or East New Britain languages are a small language family spoken on the island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea. They were classified as East Papuan languages by Wurm, but this does not now seem tenable.

The languages are Mali (Baining proper), Qaqet, Kairak, Simbali, Taulil, Butam (extinct), Ura, Malkolkol

Pronouns

The pronouns Ross reconstructs for proto-Baining are,

:

The possessive pronouns "his" and "her" are "*vat" and "*vet."

ee also

*Papuan languages
*East Papuan languages

References

*"Structural Phylogenetics and the Reconstruction of Ancient Language History". Michael Dunn, Angela Terrill, Ger Reesink, Robert A. Foley, Stephen C. Levinson. "Science" magazine, 23 Sept. 2005, vol. 309, p 2072.
* Malcom Ross (2005). "Pronouns as a preliminary diagnostic for grouping Papuan languages." In: Andrew Pawley, Robert Attenborough, Robin Hide and Jack Golson, eds, "Papuan pasts: cultural, linguistic and biological histories of Papuan-speaking peoples," 15-66. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics.


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