Arapesh, Bumbita


A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Bambita Arapesh, But Arapesh, Weri

4,340 (2003 SIL). Ethnic population: 8,680.


East Sepik Province, Maprik district, Torricelli mountains, south of Wom. 13 villages.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).


Bonahoi, Timingir, Urita, Weril, Werir. Weril and Werir mutually intelligible. Lexical similarity: 30% with Bukiyip [ape].

Language Use

Young people mainly use Tok Pisin [tpi] (Wurm 2007). Mostly middle-aged and older; youth in 2 villages (Wurm 2007). Also use Tok Pisin [tpi].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 15%–25%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Weril and Werir use different materials for beginning literacy. Bible portions: 2007.

Latin script [Latn].