Asmat, Central


A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Jas, Manowee, Yas

7,000 (Roesler 1972). Most are monolingual.


Papua Province. Casuarina coast areas. Asmat Regency; Sawa-Erma, Agats, Atsy, and Pantai Kasuari subdistricts. South coast from Owap river northwest to Farec river southwest, inland. Also, Mappi regency, Nambai and Edera subdistricts. Digul river delta area.

Language Maps
Language Status

6b (Threatened).


Ajam (Ayam), Misman, Simai (Simay). Related to Sempan [xse] north of the rivers. Similar to Kamoro [kgq] and Citak [txt].

Language Use

Many becoming bilingual in Indonesian [ind].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: Less than 5% in Indonesian [ind]. NT: 1985.
Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.