Family: Sepik

Classification

Comments on family membership

Includes Abau, Yellow River, Iwam, Ram (Pouye, Karawa, Awtuw), Wogumusin-Chenapian, Tama, Kwoma-Kwanga (Kwoma, Kwanga, Mende), Sepik Hill for which the pronouns, gender markers as well as dative, locative marker and benefactive verb are largely cognate William A. Foley 2005 :126-139 and/or there are significant lexical relations Conrad, Robert J. and T. Wayne Dye 1975 :12-14 . The Ndu languages do not show cognate pronouns or gender markers, and there is there is a detailed refutation of the evidence so far presented that Ndu is related to Kwoma-Kwanga (or the rest of Sepik) Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald 2008 . Yerakai shares no significant lexical relations with any Sepik language Conrad, Robert J. and T. Wayne Dye 1975 :14 , except Ndu Laycock, Donald C. 1973 :23 , but these are arguably loans from the adjacent Iatmul (as of intermarriage) Conrad, Robert J. and T. Wayne Dye 1975 :14 . No other argument for a Sepik affiliation in offered Donald C. Laycock and John A. Z'Graggen 1975 :738 and Yerakai is not mentioned in Foley's re-consideration of the Sepik family William A. Foley 2005 . Similarly, there is no evidence that Biksi is Sepik since nothing significant was presented Donald C. Laycock and John A. Z'Graggen 1975 and the lexical evidence does not warrant it Conrad, Robert J. and T. Wayne Dye 1975 . The Bikaru-Bragge wordlist in Conrad, Robert J. and Ronald K. Lewis 1988 presumably represents the Pikaru dialect of Bisorio (an Engan language) despite the divergence of the two, since the body part terms agree and the elicitation sessions were monolingual.

Comments on subclassification

Donald C. Laycock and John A. Z'Graggen 1975

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