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North Berau Gulf

­     Timothy Usher, Santa Fe Institute

    Situation

    The North Berau Gulf family is comprised of perhaps 10 languages spoken in the southern portion of the Bird's Head Peninsula in the Teluk Bintuni and Sorong Selatan regencies of Indonesia's West Papua province and in an enclave across the gulf on the north coast of the Bomberai peninsula.

    Subclassification

    The internal classification of North Berau Gulf is as follows:

    North Berau Gulf
        Yabin
            Konda
            Yahadian
        South Bird's Head
            West South Bird's Head
                Duriankari
                Inanwatan
            East South Bird's Head
                Kais
                Iwaro-Kaburi
                    Iwaro (Puragi)
                    Kaburi
                Kokoda-Arandai
                    Kokoda
                    Arandai
                        Dombano
                        Kemberano

    Berry and Berry (1987: 84) provide lexical similarity figures for twelve Yabin and South Bird's Head villages as follows, with Kokoda represented by Kasuweri, Tarof and Negri Besar villages, Dombano by Tomu and Kemberano by Kalitami and Wariagar:

  Konda Mugim Inan. Kais Puragi Kaburi Kasuweri Tarof Negri B. Tomu Kalitami Wariagar
 Konda --- 62 13 10 11 13 8 8 8 8 7 8
 Mugim 62 --- 13 11 12 11 10 10 11 10 14 13
 Inan. 13 13 --- 17 17 17 18 15 16 15 14 18
 Kais 10 11 17 --- 28 32 28 45 30 45 41 41
 Puragi 11 12 17 28 --- 48 34 50 41 50 30 38
 Kaburi 13 11 17 32 48 --- 46 48 46 48 38 37
 Kasuweri 8 10 18 28 34 46 --- 86 77 56 55 53
 Tarof 8 10 15 45 50 48 86 --- 82 63 70 67
 Negri B. 8 11 16 30 41 46 77 82 --- 57 71 60
 Tomu 8 10 15 45 50 48 56 63 57 --- 71 66
 Kalitami 7 14 14 41 30 38 55 70 71 71 --- 86
 Wariagar 8 13 18 41 38 37 53 67 60 66 86 ---


    Sources

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    Historical phonology

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    Pronouns

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Subpages (2): South Bird's Head Yabin