Southwestern Paman languages

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Southwest Pama
Cape York Peninsula, Queensland
Linguistic classificationPama–Nyungan
  • Upper
  • Coastal
Southwestern Paman languages (green) among other Pama–Nyungan (tan)

The Southwestern Paman languages are a family of the Paman languages spoken on the western part of the Cape York Peninsula of Queensland, Australia.

Alpher (1972) accepts Southwestern Pama as a valid node; the classification below is his.[2] R. M. W. Dixon, on the other hand, only accepts a connections between pairs of languages: Yir, as two dialects of a single language, and Koko Bera with Kok Thawa.[3]

Bowern (2011) also lists the extinct Kokiny and Kok-Papángk.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Southwest Pama". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ Alpher, Barry (1972). "On the genetic subgrouping of the languages of southwestern Cape York Peninsula, Australia". Oceanic Linguistics. 11 (2): 67–87. doi:10.2307/3622803. JSTOR 3622803.
  3. ^ Dixon, R. M. W. (2002). Australian Languages: Their Nature and Development. p. xxxii.