Awyu–Dumut Languages

Awyu–Dumut Languages

The Awyu–Dumut or Awyu–Ndumut languages are a family of perhaps a dozen Trans–New Guinea languages spoken in eastern West Papua. Six of the languages are sufficiently attested for a basic description; it is not clear how many of the additional names (in parentheses) may be separate languages.

  • Awyu (Avio, Auyu) branch: Aghu (Jair), Shiaxa (Jenimu, Edera), Pisa (Asuwe)
  • Dumut (Ndumut) branch: Mandobo (Kaeti), Wambon
  • Kombai: Kombai (Wanggom?)

In addition, the Sawi (Sawuy) and Korowai languages appear to be Awyu–Dumut, but have not been further classified. Ario (Sumagaxe) is listed in Wurm, Foley, etc, but not in the University of Amsterdam survey and has been dropped by Ethnologue.

Ethnologue lists a 'Central Awyu', but this is not attested as a distinct language (U. Amsterdam). In general, the names in Ethnologue are quite confused, and older editions speak of names from Wurm (1982), such as Mapi, Kia, Upper Digul, Upper Kaeme, which are names of language surveys along the rivers of those names, and may actually refer to Ok languages rather than to Awyu. Indeed, several languages once assumed to be Awyu–Dumut, such as Kotogüt, turn out to be Ok.

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