Dani, Western


A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Dani Barat, Ilaga Western Dani, Laany, Lani, Oeringoep, Timorini

180,000 (1993 census).


Papua Province. Central highlands, west of Baliem Grand Valley, east from upper Kemandoga river valley.

Language Maps
Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Western Dani of Bokondini, Western Dani of Pyramid. Lexical similarity: 65% with Obokuitai [afz], 60% with Wano [wno].

Language Use

Also use Indonesian [ind]. Used as L2 by Wano [wno].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 10% semiliterate. NT: 1981.
Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.