A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Kaibus, Tahit, Tehid, Teminabuan

10,000 (2000 R. Hesse). 500 monolinguals.


Papua Barat Province, southwest Bird’s Head, Sorong regency, most of Teminabuan subdistrict, half of Sawiat subdistrict, about 31 villages.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).


Fkar, Imyan, Mbol Fle, Saifi, Sawiat Salmeit, Sfa Riere, Tehit Jit. Lexical similarity: 60% with Kalabra.

Language Use

Vigorous. Parents in villages in the interior pass Tehit on to children. In villages bordering towns, Indonesian [ind] used with children. Users of neighboring languages learn Tehit. All domains. Positive attitudes. Also use Indonesian [ind]. Schools in Indonesian, although most teachers speak Tehit. Indonesian is the LWC. Also use Dutch [nld], English [eng], Mai Brat [ayz].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. Taught in primary schools. Bible portions: 1998.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.