Language name and location: Tuwari, Papua New Guinea [Refer to Ethnologue]

言名称和分布地区图瓦里语, 巴布亚新几内亚桑道恩省锡皮克河流域中部地区


1. motou (lit. “one”)

2. motou-nami (lit. “one-after”)

3. toulej (lit. “middle finger”)

4. saalenami (lit. “ring finger”)

5. snaetia (lit. “little finger”)

6. heitofo (lit. “wrist”)

7. kape  (lit. “forearm”)

8. watelito (lit. “elbow”)

9. jenipe (lit. “arm”)

10. jeniso (lit. “shoulder”)

11. ti’oj (lit. “neck”)

12. tuasej (lit. “ear”)

13. nou ~ nuofu (lit. “eye”)

14. tuja (lit. “nose”)

15. nou-taa (taa=’other side’)

16. tuasej taa, etc. 


Linguist providing data and dateː Dr. Sylvain Loiseau, CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique /French National Centre for Scientific Research), Université Paris 13, Paris, France.  August 7, 2019.

提供资料的语言学家: Dr. Sylvain Loiseau, 2019 年 8 月 7 日.


Other comments: Tuwari is spoken by approximately 330 speaker in upper Walio river, middle Sepik region, Sandaun province, Papua New Guinea. Tuwari has a body-tally system: each number is associated with a body part (the same as described by N. Evans in Dying words, referring to the neighboring language Telefol). After ‘Tuja’, which means both ‘nose’ and ‘14’, it is possible to follow the other side of the body in reverse order:  nou-taa ‘15’ (taa=’other side’),  tuasej taa ‘16’, etc. Tuwari is spoken in Telefomin District, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea. This language has no tone.

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