Spoken L1 Language: Urim

Comments on family membership

No evidence for Urim being related to other Torricelli languages was ever presented Laycock 1975, and the lexical investigations show no signficant relations Glasgow and Loving 1964:8. Glasgow, David & Richard Loving. (1964) Languages of the Maprik Sub-District. Port Moresby: Department of Information and Extension Services. Laycock, Donald C. (1975) The Torricelli Phylum. In Stephen A. Wurm (ed.), New Guinea Area Languages and Language Study Vol 1: Papuan Languages and the New Guinea linguistic scene (Pacific Linguistics: Series C 38), 765-780. Canberra: Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University.

Subclassification references
Comments on subclassification

Some lexical evidence favours a Wapei-Palei affiliation Donald C. Laycock 1968: 48 David Glasgow and Richard Loving 1964: 8 and ablaut distinctions for realis-irrealis are shared with Srenge and Walman and Yeri but these could all be retentions and do not automatically make Urim a Wapei-Palei language (p.c. Matthew Dryer 2012)

AES status:
Campbell, Lyle and Lee, Nala Huiying and Okura, Eve and Simpson, Sean and Ueki, Kaori 2017
Urim (10568-urim) = Threatened (20 percent certain, based on the evidence available)
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