Fasu Language
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Fasu Language
West Kutubuan
Namo Me
RegionNew Guinea
Native speakers
(1,200 cited 1981)[1]
(750 Fasu, 300 Namuni, 150 Some)
Papuan Gulf ?
  • Some
  • Kaibu (Kaipu)
  • Namome (Namumi, Namuni)
Language codes
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Map: The Fasu language of New Guinea
  The Fasu language
  Trans-New Guinea languages
  Other Papuan languages
  Austronesian languages

Fasu, also known as Namo Me, is one of the Kutubuan languages of New Guinea.


Wurm and Hattori (1981) considered its three principal dialects, Fasu, Some and Namumi, to be three languages, which they called the West Kutubuan family. However, Glottolog and Usher consider Fasu to be a single language.


Fasu is not particularly close to the two East Kutubuan languages, though Usher reconfirms a connection.

Although Fasu has proto-TNG vocabulary, Malcolm Ross considers its traditional inclusion in TNG to be somewhat questionable. Other researchers agree.

Further reading

  • Loeweke, Eunice and Jean May. 1980. General Grammar of Fasu (Namo me): Lake Kutubu, Southern Highlands Province. In Don Hutchisson (ed.), Grammatical studies in Fasu and Mt. Koiali, 5-106. Workpapers in Papua New Guinea Languages, no. 27. Ukarumpa, Papua New Guinea: Summer Institute of Linguistics.


  1. ^ Fasu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  • Ross, Malcolm (2005). "Pronouns as a preliminary diagnostic for grouping Papuan languages". In Andrew Pawley; Robert Attenborough; Robin Hide; Jack Golson (eds.). Papuan pasts: cultural, linguistic and biological histories of Papuan-speaking peoples. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. pp. 15-66. ISBN 0858835622. OCLC 67292782.

External links

  • Timothy Usher, New Guinea World, Namo Me

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