Bel (language family)

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Bel is the name of a group of Austronesian languages in the Madang Province of Papua New Guinea . Occasionally the language otherwise known as Gedaged is also referred to as Bel. The Bel languages ​​belong to the Malayo-Polynesian subgroup of the Austronesian language family.

Languages ​​belonging to the Bel group (information on the number of speakers):

Language code according to ISO 639-2: map. It is a common language code under which several Austronesian languages ​​are grouped together.

Almost all of Bel-speakers speak at least the official language Tok Pisin fluently.

Possibly due to the close contact with neighboring speakers of Papua languages , the sentence structure of the Bel languages has changed from the subject-verb-object (SVO) to the subject-object-verb sequence (SOV), which is common for other languages ​​of the language family. changed.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Ethnologue, Languages ​​of the World . Retrieved July 7, 2010.

Weblinks: Voice recordings of Bel languages