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Kwerba

A language of Indonesia (Papua)

ISO 639-3kwe

Population  2,500 (1996 SIL).
Region  Upper Tor River area, northeast, headwaters of Apauwer River inland from Sarmi east to Berik language, Aurime, Munukania, Wamariri, Tatsewalem around Apiaweti villages.
Language map  Indonesia, Eastern Papua, reference number 175
Alternate names   Airmati, Armati, Koassa, Mataweja, Naibedj, Segar Tor, Serikenam, Tekutameso
Dialects  Serikenam, Sasawa, Nogukwabai. Lexical similarity: 64% with Bagusa [bqb].
Classification  Tor-Kwerba, Greater Kwerba, Kwerba, Nuclear
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: Below 5%. Bible portions: 1986–1991.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Hunter-gatherers; some agriculturalists. Traditional religion, Christian.