The Tor family is clearly established. Its closest relative appears to be Orya. The inclusion of Sause is uncertain; it is a holdover of earlier classifications, as it was not addressed by Ross due to a lack of data.
- ? Sause
- Orya (Uria)
- Tor family: Berik, Bonerif, Dabe–Keijar–Betaf, Itik, Jofotek-Bromnya, Kwesten, Kwinsu, Mander, Maremgi (Dineor), Vitou
Stephen Wurm (1975) linked Orya and the Tor languages with the Lakes Plain languages, forming a branch of his Trans–New Guinea phylum. Clouse (1997) found no evidence of such a connection. Malcolm Ross (2005) linked them instead with part of another erstwhile branch of TNG in a Tor–Kwerba proposal. Glottolog accepts only the link with Orya as having been demonstrated.
A purported Wares language is sometimes reported. However, no such language is attested. The Wares people are not known to have a distinct language, and the language of the village of Wares is Mawes.
The pronouns Ross reconstructs for proto-Orya–Tor are,
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Tor–Orya". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Sause". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Clouse, Duane A. (1997). Karl Franklin, ed., ed. "Towards a reconstruction and reclassification of the Lakes Plains languages of Irian Jaya". Papers in New Guinea Linguistics. 2: 133–236. ISSN 0078-9135. OCLC 2729642.
- Wares at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Hammarström (2015) Ethnologue 16/17/18th editions: a comprehensive review: online appendices
- Ross, Malcolm (2005). "Pronouns as a preliminary diagnostic for grouping Papuan languages". In Andrew Pawley; Robert Attenborough; Robin Hide; Jack Golson. Papuan pasts: cultural, linguistic and biological histories of Papuan-speaking peoples. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. pp. 15–66. ISBN 0858835622. OCLC 67292782.