Kanum, Smärky

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Enkelembu, Kenume, Knwne
Population

80 (1996 M. Donohue).

Location

Papua Province, Yanggandur, Tomer, Tomerau, Rawa Biru, and Kondo villages. Southernmost point of province, southeast of Merauke city; bordering Papua New Guinea.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

None known. Kanum varieties are separate languages, with difficult mutual intelligibility. Reportedly similar to Yei [jei]. Also classified as Australian, Pama-Nyungan.

Language Use

Home, hunting camps. All ages. Also use Indonesian [ind] as trade language or for official purposes. Also use Morori [mok] as trade language.

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

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