Upper Sepik languages
|Sandaun Province and western East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea|
The Upper Sepik languages are:
Being typologically and lexically diverse, the three groups are not closely related to each other. Foley classifies the three groups together on the basis of a unique noun classification system present in thee numeral systems of all three groups.
Foley observes that much of the lexicon and pronouns of Upper Sepik languages do not derive from proto-Sepik.
- 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.
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