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Sentani

A language of Indonesia (Papua)

ISO 639-3set

Population  30,000 (1996 SIL), increasing. Few monolinguals.
Region  Lake Sentani area, about 30 villages. Scattered in Papua and other parts of Indonesia.
Language map  Indonesia, Eastern Papua, reference number 133
Alternate names   Buyaka
Dialects  East Sentani, West Sentani, Central Sentani. Lexical similarity: 30% with Tabla [tnm].
Classification  East Bird’s Head-Sentani, Sentani, Sentani Proper
Language use  Vigorous use in most families. All domains. Schools are beginning to use Sentani grades 1 to 6. Positive attitude. Also use Indonesian [ind].
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 16%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. About 5,000 can read and write it. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1997.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  ‘Buyaka’ is their name for themselves. Fishermen; agriculturalists. Traditional religion, Christian.