Iau

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Foi, Iaw, Turu, Urundi, Ururi, Yau
Population

600 (2000 J. Bateman), increasing. 500 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 600.

Location

Papua Province. Puncak Jaya regency, Barere, Fawi, and Taiyai villages. Area between Rouffaer, upper Van Daalen rivers. Dialects: Poi on Rouffaer river; Turu on Van Daalen river.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Foi, Iau, Turu. Reportedly similar to Edopi [dbf]. Distinct from Yawa [yva]. Varieties listed as dialects may be separate languages.

Language Use

Vigorous. Speakers of other languages in western Lakes Plains area speak basic Iau. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. A few also use Duvle [duv] or a Dani variety. Young to middle-aged speakers also use Indonesian [ind].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%–15%. 200 or more can read and write it. Bible portions: 1985–2005.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.