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Dani, Western

A language of Indonesia (Papua)

ISO 639-3dnw

Population  180,000 (1993 census).
Region  Central highlands, west of Baliem Grand Valley, east from upper Kemandoga Valley.
Language map  Indonesia, Eastern Papua, reference number 76
Alternate names   Dani Barat, Ilaga Western Dani, Laany, Lani, Oeringoep, Timorini
Dialects  Western Dani of Pyramid, Western Dani of Bokondini. Other dialects not as distinct as those listed. Lexical similarity: 65% with Obokuitai [afz], 60% with Wano [wno].
Classification  Trans-New Guinea, West, Dani, Dani Proper
Language development  Literacy rate in L2: 10% semiliterate. NT: 1981.
Comments  Agriculturalists. Christian, traditional religion.