Taulil–Butam languages

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East New Britain
East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea
Linguistic classificationOne of the world's primary language families
Glottologtaul1250  (Taulil–Butam)[1]

The Taulil–Butam or Butam–Taulil languages are a possible small language family spoken in East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea. They were classified as East Papuan languages by Wurm and as Baining languages by others, but this does not now seem tenable.


The languages are:

Palmer (2018) considers the Butam–Taulil group to form its independent phylum, separate from the Baining languages.[2] Taulil and Butam speakers had originally migrated from New Ireland.[3]

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  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Taulil–Butam". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ Palmer, Bill (2018). "Language families of the New Guinea Area". 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. 1–20. ISBN 978-3-11-028642-7.
  3. ^ Stebbins, Tonya; Evans, Bethwyn; Terrill, Angela (2018). "The languages of Southern New Guinea". In Palmer, Bill (ed.). The Papuan languages of Island Melanesia. The World of Linguistics. 4. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. pp. 775–894. ISBN 978-3-11-028642-7.
  • Ross, Malcolm (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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