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Marind

A language of Indonesia (Papua)

ISO 639-3mrz

Population  7,000 (1987 SIL).
Region  Merauke south coast area, and north and west.
Language map  Indonesia, Eastern Papua, reference number 265
Alternate names   Gawir, Holifoersch, Southeast Marind, Tugeri
Dialects  Gawir, Southeast Marind, Tugeri, Halifoersch. Significant differences between inland and coastal dialects, but speakers report intelligibility.
Classification  Trans-New Guinea, Marind, Nuclear Marind
Language use  Vigorous. Home, market. Children in towns have passive ability. Positive attitude.
Language development  Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions.
Comments  Hunters (sellers of game); agriculturalists; gatherers; lumbermen. Christian, traditional religion.