Isirawa

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Okwasar, Saberi, Saweri
Population

1,800 (Wurm 2000).

Location

Papua Province, Jayapura, north coast, Sarmi regency: Mararena, Kamenawari, Amsira, Siaratesa, Perkami, Martewar, Arsania, Nisero, Arabais, Webro, Wari, Nuerawar, and Waim villages.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Western Isirawa, Eastern Isirawa. Reportedly similar to Kwerba [kwe]. Dialects very similar.

Language Use

Potentially endangered (2000 S. Wurm). Vigorous, but losing its trade language status to Indonesian [ind]; children are beginning to prefer Indonesian (Wurm 2007). Also use Indonesian [ind]. Used as L2 by Samarokena [tmj].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%–15%. NT: 2005.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.