West New Guinea languages


West New Guinea languages

Infobox Language family
name=West New Guinea
region=Northwestern shores of New Guinea
familycolor=Austronesian
fam2=Malayo-Polynesian (MP)
fam3=Nuclear MP
fam4=Central-Eastern MP
fam5=Eastern MP
fam6=South Halmahera-West New Guinea
child1=Bomberai
child2=Cenderawasih Bay|

The West New Guinea languages are the branch of Austronesian languages of Indonesia, found in the Raja Ampat Islands west of New Guinea and in the islands and shoreline of Cenderawasih Bay in the provinces of West Papua and Papua.

Most of the languages are only known from short word lists, but Biak and Waropen are fairly well attested.

If the Lower Mamberamo languages prove to be Austronesian, they would likely be part of the Cenderawasih branch of West New Guinea.

Classification

This classification follows Ethnologue.

* Bomberai
**Bedoanas
**Erokwanas
*Cenderawasih Bay
**Biakic
***Biak
***Dusner
***Meoswar
**Iresim
**Mor
**Tandia
**Waropen
**Yaur
**Yeretuar
**Raja Ampat
***As
***Biga
***Gebe
***Kawe
***Legenyem
***Ma'ya
***Waigeo
***Wauyai
***Matbat
***Maden
**Yapen
***East
****Kurudu
****Wabo
***Central-Western
****Ambai
****Ansus
****Busami
****Munggui
****Marau
****Pom
****Papuma
****Roon
****Serui-Laut
****Wandamen
****Woi


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