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Kanum, Smärky

A language of Indonesia (Papua)

ISO 639-3kxq

Population  80 (1996 M. Donohue).
Region  South coast border area, east of Merauke, southeast of Marind [mrz] and the other Kanum language areas. Yanggandur, Tomer, Tomerau, Rawa Biru, and Kondo villages, bordering Papua New Guinea.
Language map  Indonesia, Eastern Papua, reference number 272
Alternate names   Enkelembu, Kenume, Knwne
Dialects  Kanum varieties are separate languages, with difficult mutual intelligibility. Similar to Yei [jei]. Has also been classified as Australian, Pama-Nyungan.
Classification  South-Central Papuan, Morehead-Upper Maro, Tonda
Language use  Home, hunting camps. All ages. Also use Morori [mok] or Indonesian [ind].
Language development  Literacy rate in L2: 5%.
Comments  One ethnic group with Kanum varieties. Clan marriages common, and much ritual exchange. Fishermen; agriculturalists. Christian.