E16 has the entry Elpaputih [elp] which is not given a more precise location than West Seram. Elpaputih is actually the name of a bay around which the languages represented in the entries Nusa Laut [nul] and Amahai [amq] are spoken ( James T. Collins 1983 , Carl Ribbe 1903 , Mark Taber 1996 ). The Elpaputih [elp] entry is thus spurious. See also: Amahai [amq], Nusa Laut [nul].
Excerpt from change request document:
Since Voeglin & Voeglin 1977 was written, there have been two major surveys done of the area of Seram where the Elpaputih language supposedly exists. Collins conducted his survey from 1977 to 1979 and published his results 1982 in Oceanic Linguistics. Taguchi and other SIL linguists conducted survey in the same general area from 1985-1988 and published their results in Workpapers in Indonesian Languages and Cultures in 1989. Neither of the surveys report any language by the name of Elpaputih. There are two languages on the Elpaputih Bay which may have been included in the Elpaputih language amq (Amahai), plh (Paulohi). These two languages are now nearly extinct. It seems probable that the lack of information caused Voeglin & Voeglin to erroneously suggest that Elpaputih was it's own language. I would suggest that with the new information from Collins and Taguchi, the Elpaputih language be removed from the Ethnologue.