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 area and west, Mararena, Kamenawari, Amsira, Siaratesa, Perkami, Martewar, Arsania, Nisero, Arabais, Webro, Wari, Nuerawar, and Waim villages.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Eastern Isirawa, Western 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.