Mai Brat

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Ajamaru, Atinjo, Ayamaru, Brat, Maibrat, Maite, Majbrat, Maybrat, Mey Brat
Population

20,000 (1987 SIL).

Location

West Papua Province, about 40 villages. Central Bird’s Head, area around Ayamaru lakes.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Maimaka, Maisawiet, Maisefa, Maite, Maiyah. Lexical similarity: 10% with Tehit [kps], Mpur [akc], Abun [kgr], and its most similar neighbors.

Typology

SVO; heavy verb serialization.

Language Use

Religious services. All ages. High bilingualism among those in cities, highly educated. Used as L2 by Tehit [kps].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 25%–50%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2004–2007.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Ethnic autonym: Ayamaru. Traditional religion.