|nuxule meŋ 'our language'|
|Native to||Papua New Guinea|
|Region||Oksapmin Rural LLG, Telefomin District, Sandaun|
|(8,000 cited 1991)|
Map: The Oksapmin language of New Guinea
The Oksapmin language
Other Trans–New Guinea languages
Other Papuan languages
Oksapmin is a Trans–New Guinea language spoken in Oksapmin Rural LLG, Telefomin District, Sandaun, Papua New Guinea. The two principal dialects are distinct enough to cause some problems with mutual intelligibility.
Oksapmin has dyadic kinship terms and a body-part counting system that goes up to 27.
Oksapmin has been influenced by the Mountain Ok languages (the name "Oksapmin" is from Telefol), and the similarities with those languages were attributed to borrowing in the classifications of both Stephen Wurm (1975) and Malcolm Ross (2005), where Oksapmin was placed as an independent branch of Trans–New Guinea. Loughnane (2009) and Loughnane and Fedden (2011) conclude that it is related to the Ok languages, though those languages share innovative features not found in Oksapmin. Usher finds Oksapmin is not related to the Ok languages specifically, though it is related at some level to the southwestern branches of Trans–New Guinea.
There are six monophthongs, /i e ə a o u/, and one diphthong, /ai/.
|/ɸ/||[ɸ], [β], [p], [pɸ~pʰ]|
|/x/||[x], [ɣ], [ç], [ʝ]|
Oksapmin contrasts two tones: high and low.