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Elseng

A language of Indonesia (Papua)

ISO 639-3mrf

Population  300 (1991 SIL).
Region  Jayapura and Keerom Regencies, Arso, Abepura, Kemtuk Gresi, Senggi subdistricts, south of Jayapura, northeast of Kaure [khp].
Language map  Indonesia, Eastern Papua, reference number 159
Alternate names   Djanggu, Janggu, “Morwap” , Sawa, Tabu
Dialects  Not closely related to any other language.
Classification  Language isolate
Language use  Vigorous. Religious services. Very few also use Indonesian [ind].
Comments  Almost no outside influence. “Morwap” means ‘what is that?’ and is vigorously rejected as a language name by speakers and government officials. Horticulturalists and gatherers: sago. Christian, traditional religion.