Spoken L1 Language: Tauade

Family membership references
Comments on family membership

A Goilalan family uniting Kunimaipan, Tauade and Fuyug is often posited based on the lexicostatistical figures reported in Tom E. Dutton 1975: 631-632 . But these figures (Kunimaipa-Tauade 44 percent and Kunimaipa-Fuyug 28 percent), cited from Walter Steinkraus and Alan Pence 1964 and Bruce A. Hooley and Ken A. McElhanon 1970: 1076 are impossible reproduce. Modern wordlists show that these languages have little vocabulary in common that could plausibly be attributed to a common ancestor and similarities in 1P/2P pronouns are hardly sufficient Harald Hammarström 2013 . In particular, Tauade and Fuyuge are also lexically divergent. I wish to thank Matthew Dryer for bringing this case to my attention. Evidence for Trans New Guinea membership Tom E. Dutton 1975: 624-631 McElhanon, Kenneth A. and Voorhoeve, C. 1970 or with other neighbouring families Tom E. Dutton 1975: 624-631 is clearly insufficient, as the lexical links so far proposed are few and show irregular one-consonant correspondences.

Comments on subclassification

Tom E. Dutton 1975: 631-632 Bruce A. Hooley and Ken A. McElhanon 1970: 1076

AES status:
not endangered
David M. Eberhard and Gary F. Simons and Charles D. Fennig 2024
Tauade (ttd-ttd) = 6a (Vigorous).
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