Database of New Guinea Languages Under Development

Under development: a database of New Guinea languages. “The island of New Guinea has the world’s highest linguistic diversity, with more than 900 languages divided into at least 23 distinct language families. This diversity includes the world’s third largest language family: Trans-New Guinea. However, the region is one of the world’s least well studied, and primary data is scattered across a wide range of publications and more often then not hidden in unpublished ‘gray’ literature. The lack of primary research data on the New Guinea languages has been a major impediment to our understanding of these languages, and the history of the peoples in New Guinea. TransNewGuinea.org aims to collect data about these languages and place them online in a consistent format.”

There’s already plenty worth looking at: “TransNewGuinea.org is still growing rapidly, but currently contains data from a total of 588 languages and 266 dialects from 29 different New Guinea language families…. The majority of languages are from the Trans-New Guinea language family with 412 languages and 200 dialects. “