Asmat, Central

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Jas, Manowee, Yas
Population

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

Location

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.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

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

Language Use

Also use Indonesian [ind].

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

Christian, traditional religion.