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Iau

A language of Indonesia (Papua)

ISO 639-3tmu

Population  600 (2000 SIL), increasing. 500 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 600 or more.
Region  Puncak Jaya Regency, Faui, Lakes Plain area between Rouffaer and upper Van Daalen rivers, Barere, Fawi, Taiyai villages. Poi dialect on Rouffaer River; Turu dialect on Van Daalen River.
Language map  Indonesia, Eastern Papua, reference number 192
Alternate names   Foi, Iaw, Turu, Urundi, Ururi, Yau
Dialects  Foi, Turu, Iau. Similar to Edopi [dbf]. Distinct from Yawa [yva]. The varieties listed as dialects above may be separate languages.
Classification  Lakes Plain, Tariku, Central
Language use  Vigorous. Speakers of other languages in western Lakes Plains area speak basic Iau. All domains. All ages. Positive attitude. Also use Indonesian [ind]. A few also use Duvle [duv] or a Dani variety.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 5%–15%. 200 or more can read and write it. Bible portions: 1985–1993.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Agriculturalists; fishermen; hunter-gatherers. Christian.