Tehit language

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Native speakers
10,000 (2000)[1]
500 monolinguals (2000?)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3kps
Tehit is located in Western New Guinea
Tehit is located in Indonesia
Coordinates: 1°31′S 131°59′E / 1.51°S 131.99°E / -1.51; 131.99

Tehit is a Papuan language of the Bird's Head Peninsula of New Guinea. Other spellings are Tahit, Tehid, and other names Kaibus, Teminabuan. Dialects are Tehit Jit, Mbol Fle, Saifi, Imyan, Sfa Riere, Fkar, Sawiat Salmeit. A grammar sketch can be found in Don Flassy's 1991 Leiden University M.A.. thesis.[4]


Tehit has four grammatical genders, which are masculine, feminine, plural, and neuter. Examples:[5]

gender suffix examples
masculine -w ndla-w ‘husband’, sna-w ‘moon’, qliik-w ‘snake’
feminine -m ene-m ‘mother’, tali-m ‘sun’, mbol-m ‘house’
plural -y sinas-y ‘small mosquito’, sinaq-y ‘gravel’, siray ‘salt’
neuter zero n/a


  1. ^ Tehit at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Tehit language at Ethnologue (15th ed., 2005)
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Tehit". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  4. ^ Flassy, Don Augusthinus Lamaech. 1991. Grammar sketch of Tehit: A Toror language, the West Doberai Peninsula, New Guinea (Irian Jaya). Leiden University M.A. Thesis.
  5. ^ Holton, Gary; Klamer, Marian (2018). "The Papuan languages of East Nusantara and the Bird's Head". 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. 569–640. ISBN 978-3-11-028642-7.

External links[edit]

Hesse, Ronald. "Tehit". NUSA - Linguistic Studies of Indonesian and Other Languages in Indonesia. In: Volume 47 (2000) Ger P. REESINK (ed.): Studies in Irian Languages, Part II.