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Mairasi

A language of Indonesia (Papua)

ISO 639-3zrs

Population  3,300 (1996 SIL).
Region  Bomberai Peninsula, southwest coast of neck, east and northeast from Kaimana, Wasior, Triton Bay.
Language map  Indonesia, Northwestern Papua, reference number 50
Alternate names   Faranyao, Kaniran
Dialects  Northeastern Mairasi. Similar to Semimi [etz]. Northeastern Mairasi may be a separate language. Lexical similarity: 69% with Semimi, 61% with Mer [mnu].
Classification  Mairasi
Language use  Some also use Kowiai [kwh].
Language development  Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. NT: 2004.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Hunters; agriculturalists. Christian, traditional religion.