Yelmek
Jab
Native toIndonesia
RegionWest Papua
Native speakers
(400 cited 1978)[1]
Dialects
  • Yelmek proper
  • Yab (Jab)
  • Nggarum (Galum)
  • Dib (Dibga)
Language codes
ISO 639-3jel
Glottologjelm1234

Yelmek, also rendered Jelmek or Jelmik,[2] is a language of the proposed Trans-Fly – Bulaka River family in West Papua.

Yelmek is spoken west of Merauke, between the Digul River and Mbian River. Notable villages are (from north to south) Yelwayab on the Wanam River, Bibikem, Woboyo, and Dodalim (Dudaling). Related Maklew is spoken in Welbuti village.[3]

The Wanam variety might be a distinct language.[4]

References

  1. ^ Yelmek at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Yelmek language". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Evans, Nicholas (2018). "The languages of Southern New Guinea". In Palmer, Bill (ed.). The Languages and Linguistics of the New Guinea Area: A Comprehensive Guide. The World of Linguistics. Vol. 4. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. pp. 641–774. ISBN 978-3-11-028642-7.
  4. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Wanam Yelmek". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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