Sobei

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Biga, Imasi, Liki
Population

1,000 (Wurm 2000). Ethnic population: 1,850 (2000 D. Tryon).

Location

Papua Province, Sarmi regency, Sarmi subdistrict, north coast area east of Sarmi.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

None known. Reportedly comprehension of Liki [lio].

Language Use

Endangered (2000 D. Tryon; 2000 S. Wurm). Sobei speakers are beginning to shift to Papuan Malay [pmy]. Children are bilingual in Indonesian [ind] and tend to prefer it. Also use Papuan Malay [pmy] with people of other language areas.

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Government schools through entire area. Increasing intermarriage with other groups. Christian.