Kimki language

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Native toIndonesia
RegionPapua: Pegunungan Bintang Regency, Batom Subdistrict, near Sepik River entrance to Papua New Guinea
Native speakers
500 (2004)[1]
Pauwasi or language isolate
  • Southern
    • Kimki
Language codes
ISO 639-3sbt

Kimki (Aipki[3]) or Sukubatom (Sukubatong) is an unclassified language of Batom Subdistrict, Pegunungan Bintang Regency, Papua, Indonesia. Ethnologue (2000) posited a connection with Biksi, but later abandoned it; Hammarström (2008) notes that there is insufficient data to connect Kimki with any other language, and it is not close to its neighbors. It is too poorly attested to be included even in such tentative classifications as Ross (2005), although Foley (2018) provides some data. Foley classifies Kimki as a language isolate, although he notes some similarities with Murkim.[3]


Pronouns are:[3]

Kimki independent pronouns
sg pl
1 win name
2 fume same
3 mame

Basic vocabulary[edit]

Basic vocabulary of Kimki listed in Foley (2018):[3]

Kimki basic vocabulary
gloss Kimki
‘bird’ ã
‘blood’ afupla
‘bone’ kwal
‘breast’ mua
‘ear’ bwa
‘eat’ auko
‘egg’ im
‘fire’ kamop
‘give’ an
‘go’ bi ~ kaik
‘ground’ nim
‘hair’ it
‘hear’ fas
‘leg’ up
‘louse’ nim
‘man’ ap
‘moon’ lokaya
‘name’ aip ~ mi
‘one’ amatri
‘road, path’ bagin
‘see’ weː
‘sky’ fim
‘stone’ kwil
‘sun’ bwakaya
‘tongue’ albak
‘tooth’ luː
‘tree’ maul
‘two’ alas
‘woman’ kiam

Further reading[edit]

  • Rumaropen, Benny. 2004. Sociolinguistic report on the varieties of the Kimki Language in the region southeast of Ji Mountain, Papua, Indonesia. (in Indonesian). Unpublished ms. Jayapura: SIL Indonesia.


  1. ^ Kimki at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Kimki". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ a b c d Foley, William A. (2018). "The languages of Northwest New Guinea". 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. 433–568. ISBN 978-3-11-028642-7.