Kanum, Bädi


A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Enkelembu, Kenume, Knwne

10 (1996 M. Donohue).


Papua Province, south coast border area, southeast of Merauke city.

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Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).


Kanum varieties are separate languages, with difficult mutual intelligibility. Similar to Yei [jei]. Also classified as Australian, Pama-Nyungan.

Language Use

Also use Morori [mok] or Indonesian [ind] as trade languages, Indonesian for official purposes.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 5%.
Other Comments

One ethnic group with Kanum varieties. Clan marriages common and much ritual exchange. Christian, traditional religion.