Gebe

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Gebi
Population

2,650 (2000).

Location

North Maluku Province, 4 villages. Papua Province, Halmahera island; Gebe, Yoi’umiyal, and Gag islands between Halmahera’s southeastern peninsula and Waigeo island.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Umera. Lexical similarity: 44% with Patani [ptn].

Language Use

Mining operations started in the area which led to more schooling of children and increasing use of Indonesian [ind] (Wurm 2007). All domains. Also use Indonesian [ind].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%.
Other Comments

A school in each village. Muslim.