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Ambai

A language of Indonesia (Papua)

ISO 639-3amk

Population  10,100 (2000).
Region  Yapen Waropen Regency, Yapen Selatan and Yapen Timur subdistricts. On Ambai Island in Cenderawasih Bay, south of Serui Island, along the south coast of Serui Island. 10 villages.
Language map  Indonesia, Eastern Papua, reference number 97
Alternate names   Ambai-Menawi
Dialects  Randawaya, Ambai (Wadapi-Laut), Manawi. Closely related to Ansus [and], Woi [wbw], Pom [pmo], Wabo [wbb], Marau [mvr], Papuma [ppm], Munggui [mth], Kurudu [kjr]. Lexical similarity: 77% with Serui-Laut [seu], 71% with Wandamen [wad].
Classification  Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, South Halmahera-West New Guinea, West New Guinea, Cenderawasih Bay, Yapen, Central-Western
Language use  Some also use Indonesian [ind].
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 25%–50%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Bible portions: 1991–2000.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Serial verbs; complex directional demonstrative system. Muslim, Christian.