3 Sawi language


Sawi language

Sawi is a language of the Sawi people of the Trans-New Guinea phylum spoken in sago swamps of West Irian. Of the neighboring languages, it is most closely related to Awyu, then to Asmat, then to Kayagar and Atohwaim.

Sawi is an inflecting language, with 19 indicative tenses, and uses both inflections of the stem and suffixes to indicate person, number, and tense.

References

#Don Richardson, "Peace Child". Ventura: Regal Books, 1974.


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