Language: Pawaia

Classification

Comments on family membership

Despite vocabulary cognacy of 5% or so, Pawaia was included in Trans-New-Guinea because of pronoun resemblances to Kuman and on typological similarities. The typological similarities involve function only Trefry, David 1969 , and thus count for nothing. The pronoun resemblances do not generalize to the Chimbu family Foley, William A. 1986 :69-71 and match only an n anyway, so they are better accounted for as accidental similarities than deep relationship.

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