Language name and location: Baibai, Papua New Guinea [Refer to Ethnologue]
言名称和分布地区: 拜拜语, 巴布亚新几内亚岛西北部桑道恩省阿马纳布区


1. giesa  SIL word List (undated)

2. naebaeia

3. nambakiesa

4. nambakaros

5. anayuwa(ʔ)


Linguist providing data and dateː Dr. Glen A. Lean, Department of Communications, Papua New Guinea University of Technology, Lae, Papua New Guinea, 1991.
Sourceː Glendon A. Lean. Counting systems of Papua New Guinea, volume 13, West Sepik (Sandaun) Province. Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Papua New Guinea University of Technology, Lae, Papua New Guinea, May 28, 1991.
供资料的语言学家: Dr. Glen A. Lean, 1991 年 5 月 28 日.


Other comments: Baibai, a further member of the Kwomtari Stock, Baibai Family (Wurm and Hattori, 1981, Map 6) is spoken in three villages (Laycock, 1973, p.43.) located in a region to the south of the Fas area and to the west of the Kwomtari region (see Map 3). The three villages listed by Laycock had a total population of 286 at the 1980 National Census (National Statistical Office, 1982). The only data obtained for Baibai derive from an SIL word list (undated) and these are given in the above Table.

    There is no discernible cyclic pattern in the few number words given in above table. The word for 5 is 'awayuwa' and this is not related to the word for 'hand', 'degi'. It is possible, therefore, that this is not a digit tally system but may possibly be a body-part tally one, the first few words given being the names of fingers. New data needed to compare with the old one.

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