Busa language (Papuan)
|Native to||Papua New Guinea|
|Region||Sandaun Province, Amanab District, north of Upper Sepik River, west of Namia. 3 villages. Yare is north and east, Abau is south and west, Biaka is northwest.|
|240 (2000 census)|
The Busa language, also known as Odiai (Uriai), is spoken in three hamlets of northwestern Papua New Guinea. There were 244 speakers at the time of the 2000 census. One of the hamlets where Busa is spoken is Busa ( ) in Rawei ward, Green River Rural LLG, Sandaun Province.
Busa may be a language isolate, or one of the Kwomtari languages. Foley (2018) classifies Busa as a language isolate. Foley classifies it as a language isolate, but does not exclude the possibility that it may have a distant relationship with the Torricelli languages.
Busa basic pronouns sg pl 1 mu mi 2 am 3m a ~ ari ti 3f tu
Busa basic vocabulary gloss Busa ‘bad’ buriambu ‘bird’ wana ‘black’ baro ‘breast’ nã ‘ear’ dina ‘eye’ dena ‘fire’ eβa ‘leaf’ iri ‘liver’ munã ‘louse’ amo ‘man’ nutu ‘mother’ mẽ ‘nape’ onaiba ‘older brother’ aba ‘road’ ti ‘stone’ bito ‘tooth’ wuti ‘tree’ nda ‘water’ ani ‘woman’ ele ‘one’ otutu ‘two’ tinana ‘three’ wunana ‘four’ aite ‘five’ yumnadi
Busa subject agreement affixes are:
Busa subject agreement affixes sg pl 1 ma- ma- 2 a- a- 3 m _r_- m- 3 f _w_-
- Busa at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Odiai". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Foley, William A. (2018). "The Languages of the Sepik-Ramu Basin and Environs". In Palmer, Bill (ed.). The Languages and Linguistics of the New Guinea Area: A Comprehensive Guide. The World of Linguistics. 4. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. pp. 197–432. ISBN 978-3-11-028642-7.
- United Nations in Papua New Guinea (2018). "Papua New Guinea Village Coordinates Lookup". Humanitarian Data Exchange. 1.31.9.
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