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A language of Indonesia (Papua)

ISO 639-3wsa

Population  600 (1998 SIL).
Region  North coast, Mamberamo River mouth and west to Poiwai, Warembori, Tamakuri, Bonoi villages.
Language map  Indonesia, Eastern Papua, reference number 111
Alternate names   Waremboivoro, Warenbori
Dialects  Bonoi Buroro. Similar to Yoke [yki]. Lexical similarity: 33% with Yoke and 30% with Austronesian.
Classification  Lower Mamberamo
Language use  About 20 people use it as an L2 or L3. Home. Mainly adults. Also use Papuan Malay [pmy], Indonesian [ind], or Yoke.
Language development  Literacy rate in L2: 30% in Indonesian. Dictionary. Grammar.
Comments  Typology resembles Austronesian: SVO; prepositions; genitives before noun heads; articles, adjectives, numerals, relatives after noun heads; 1 prefix, 6 or more suffixes on a word; word order distinguishes subject, object, indirect object; topic (SVO) is for pragmatic salience; affixes do not indicate case of noun phrase; obligatory subject agreement, optional object agreement shown by verb affixes; the scope of a serialized quantifier shows a trace of ergativity; causative shown by verbs make and give; CV; nontonal. Swidden agriculturalists; hunters; fishermen: crabbing. Traditional religion, Christian.
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