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Tehit

A language of Indonesia (Papua)

ISO 639-3: kps

Population 10,000 (2000 R. Hesse). 500 monolinguals.
Region Southwest Bird's Head, Kabupaten Sorong, most of Kecamatan Teminabuan and half of Kecamatan Sawiat, about 31 villages.
Alternate names   Tehid, Kaibus, Teminabuan, Tahit
Dialects Tehit Jit, Mbol Fle, Saifi, Imyan, Sfa Riere, Fkar, Sawiat Salmeit. Closest to Kalabra. Lexical similarity 60% with Kalabra.
Classification West Papuan, Bird's Head, West Bird's Head
Language use Vigorous. In interior villages parents pass Tehit on to children. For villages bordering town, they speak Indonesian to children. People from bordering languages that interact in both languages learn Tehit. All domains. Some oral use in schools, religious services, labor relations, traditional oral literature. Positive language attitude. 5% monolingual. Others speak Indonesian or Maibrat. 1% speak Dutch or English. Schools are taught in Indonesian, although most teachers speak Tehit. Indonesian is the trade language.
Language development Literacy rate in first language: 5%. Literacy rate in second language: 15% to 25%. Taught in primary schools.
Comments Hills, lowland, riverine. Tropical forest, swamp. Agriculturalists: oil extract. Christian, traditional religion.