Malay, Papuan

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A language of Indonesia

Population

500,000 (2007 SIL), increasing.

Location

Papua Province.

Language Status

3 (Wider communication).

Dialects

Similar to both Ambonese Malay [abs] and Manado Malay [xmm].

Language Use

Growing number of L1 speakers, who express a strong preference for their Malay variety over Indonesian [ind] or other regional varieties. All domains except religion, government or education. All ages. Positive attitudes. Most also use Indonesian [ind] or a vernacular language or both.

Language Development
Papuan Malay used unofficially in many school settings. Films.