Left May languages

Left May languages

The Left May or Arai languages are a small language family of half a dozen closely related but not mutually intelligible languages in the centre of New Guinea, along the left bank of the May River. There are only about 2,000 speakers in all.

The languages are:

Iteri (Rocky Peak), Nakwi, Ama, Nimo, Owiniga, and (possibly) Bo.

Left May neighbors the Amto–Musan languages, but does not appear to be related to them (Laycock 1973; 1975).

Malcolm Ross (2005) linked the Left May languages to Laycock's Kwomtari–Baibai languages in a [[Left May –