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Yawa

A language of Indonesia (Papua)

ISO 639-3yva

Population  6,000 (1987 SIL).
Region  Central Serui Island, Serui Waropen, Serui Selatan, Timur Barat, 8 north coast villages, 2 interior villages, 18 south coast villages.
Language map  Indonesia, Eastern Papua, reference number 107
Alternate names   Iau, Mantembu, Mora, Turu, Yapanani, Yava
Dialects  Central Yawa (Mora), West Yawa, South Yawa, North Yawa, East Yawa.
Classification  West Papuan, Yapen
Language use  Home, market, religious services.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 15%–25%. Bible portions: 1989–1999.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Distinct from Iau [tmu] in Lakes Plain area. Agriculturalists; fishermen. Christian, traditional religion.