Fasu language

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Region New Guinea
Native speakers
unknown (1,200 cited 1981)[1]
(750 Fasu, 300 Namuni, 150 Some)
Trans–New Guinea ?
  • (West Kutubuan)
    • Fasu
Kaibu (Kaipu)
Namome (Namumi, Namuni)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 faa
Glottolog fasu1242[2]
Map: The Fasu language of New Guinea
  The Fasu language
  Other Trans–New Guinea languages
  Other Papuan languages
  Austronesian languages

The Fasu language of New Guinea is not closely related to other languages, but forms a possible branch of the Trans–New Guinea (TNG) family. Wurm and Hattori (1981) considered its three principal dialects, Fasu, Some, and Namumi, to be three languages, which they called the West Kutubuan family, but Ethnologue (2009) considers it a single language. It is not close to the two East Kutubuan languages.

Although Fasu has proto-TNG vocabulary, Malcolm Ross considers its traditional inclusion in TNG to be somewhat questionable.


  1. Fasu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Fasu". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Ross, Malcolm (2005). "Pronouns as a preliminary diagnostic for grouping Papuan languages". In Andrew Pawley, Robert Attenborough, Robin Hide, Jack Golson, eds (ed.). Papuan pasts: cultural, linguistic and biological histories of Papuan-speaking peoples. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. pp. 15–66. ISBN 0858835622. OCLC 67292782.CS1 maint: multiple names: editors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text: editors list (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>