Southeast Papuan languages

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Southeast Papuan
Bird's Tail
Papuan Peninsula
Southeastern peninsula of New Guinea
Linguistic classificationTrans–New Guinea
  • Southeast Papuan
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Map: The Southeast Papuan languages of New Guinea
  The Southeast Papuan languages
  Other Trans–New Guinea languages
  Other Papuan languages
  Austronesian languages

The Southeast Papuan, Papuan Peninsula or "Bird's Tail" languages are a group of half a dozen small families of Papuan languages in the "Bird's Tail" (southeastern peninsula) of New Guinea that are part of the Trans–New Guinea (TNG) phylum.


The languages are as follows:[1]

They have in common ya for 'you' (plural) instead of proto-TNG *gi.


  • Ross, Malcolm (2005). "Pronouns as a preliminary diagnostic for grouping Papuan languages". In Andrew Pawley; Robert Attenborough; Robin Hide; Jack Golson (eds.). Papuan pasts: cultural, linguistic and biological histories of Papuan-speaking peoples. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. pp. 15–66. ISBN 0858835622. OCLC 67292782.