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Biak

A language of Indonesia (Papua)

ISO 639-3bhw

Population  30,000 (2000 S. Wurm).
Region  Biak and Numfor Islands north, numerous small islands east and west of Bird’s Head, including Mapia Island. Biak Numfor Kabupaten.
Language maps  Indonesia, Eastern Papua, reference number 7
Indonesia, Northwestern Papua, reference number 7
Alternate names   Biak-Numfor, Mafoor, Mafoorsch, Mefoor, Myfoorsch, Noefoor, Noefoorsch, Nufoor
Dialects  Ariom, Bo’o, Dwar, Fairi, Jenures, Korim, Mandusir, Mofu, Opif, Padoa, Penasifu, Samberi, Sampori (Mokmer), Sor, Sorendidori, Sundei, Wari, Wadibu, Sorido, Bosnik, Korido, Warsa, Wardo, Kamer, Mapia, Mios Num, Rumberpon, Monoarfu, Vogelkop. Some consider Biak and Numfor dialect 2 languages.
Classification  Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, South Halmahera-West New Guinea, West New Guinea, Cenderawasih Bay, Biakic
Language use  Vigorous.
Language development  NT: 1990.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Christian, traditional religion.