Korowai

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Kolufaup
Population

3,500 (2007 P. de Vries). 3,000 monolinguals.

Location

Papua Province. Southeast inland area, northeast of Senggo town; between upper Sirac and Digul rivers.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

North Korowai, South Korowai. Dialects have high mutual intelligibility. Lexical similarity: 90% with dialects.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Neutral to positive attitudes. Younger village speakers also use Indonesian [ind].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1% (2007 P. de Vries). Literacy rate in L2: Less than 1% in Indonesian (2007 P. de Vries).
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion.