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A language of Indonesia (Papua)

ISO 639-3kps

Population  10,000 (2000 R. Hesse). 500 monolinguals.
Region  Southwest Bird’s Head, Regency Sorong, most of Teminabuan subdistrict, half of Sawiat subdistrict. About 31 villages.
Language map  Indonesia, Northwestern Papua, reference number 15
Alternate names   Kaibus, Tahit, Tehid, Teminabuan
Dialects  Tehit Jit, Mbol Fle, Saifi, Imyan, Sfa Riere, Fkar, Sawiat Salmeit. Most similar to Kalabra [kzz]. Lexical similarity: 60% with Kalabra.
Classification  West Papuan, West Bird’s Head
Language use  Vigorous. Parents in villages in the interior 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. Positive attitude. 5% monolingual. Also use Indonesian [ind] or Maibrat [ayz]. 1% speak Dutch [nld] or English. Schools in Indonesian, although most teachers speak Tehit. Indonesian is the trade language.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 5%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. Taught in primary schools.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Agriculturalists: oil extract. Christian, traditional religion.