Biak

Print

A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Biak-Numfor, Mafoor, Mafoorsch, Mefoor, Myfoorsch, Noefoor, Noefoorsch, Nufoor
Population

30,000 (Wurm 2000). L2 users: A few thousand L2 users.

Location

West Papua Province, Biak Numfor regency. Biak and Numfor islands north, numerous small islands east and west of Bird’s Head, including Mapia island.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Ariom, Bo’o, Bosnik, Dwar, Fairi, Jenures, Kamer, Korido, Korim, Mandusir, Mapia, Mios Num, Mofu, Monoarfu, Opif, Padoa, Penasifu, Rumberpon, Samberi, Sampori (Mokmer), Sor, Sorendidori, Sorido, Sundei, Vogelkop, Wadibu, Wardo, Wari, Warsa. Some consider Biak and Numfor dialect 2 languages.

Language Use

Potentially endangered (2000 S. Wurm). Strong influence from Indonesian [ind]; younger generation losing command of it; many prefer Indonesian (Wurm 2007).

Language Development
NT: 1990.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.