- East Geelvink Bay languages
Infobox Language family
name=East Geelvink Bay
Papua Province, Indonesia
family=unclear distant relationship to other Papuan languages
child10=WoriaThe East Geelvink Bay or East Cenderawasih languages are a
language familyof a dozen Papuan languagesalong the eastern coast of Geelvink Bayin Indonesian Papua, which is also known as Sarera Bay or Cenderawasih.
The East Geelvink Bay languages are::Turunggare, Barapasi, Bauzi, Anasi (Bapu), Burate, Demisa, Kofei, Nisa, Tefaro, Woria
A relationship between Yawa, spoken on
YapenIsland, and the East Geelvink Bay languages was tentatively proposed by C. L. Voorhoevein 1975 in a proposal he called Geelvink Bay. The hypothesis was taken up by Stephen Wurm, who developed it as part of an initial attempt to classify the Papuan languages; however, the relationship would be a distant one, and later linguists such as Mark Donohue considered Yawa to be a language isolate.
Clouse 1997 removed the
Lakes Plain languagesof the upper Mamberamo Riverin the interior of Papua from Trans-New Guinea, where Würm had placed them, and added them to the Geelvink Bay languages. However, in his 2005 classification based on comparative evidence from pronouns, Malcolm Rosstreats all three groups as separate families, with Yawa tentatively placed in an extended West Papuan family.
The pronouns Ross reconstructs for proto-East Geelvink Bay are,
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