Malay, Papuan


A language of Indonesia


500,000 (2007 SIL), increasing.


Papua Province.

Language Status

3 (Wider communication).


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.