Damal

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Amung, Amung Kal, Amungme, Amuy, Enggipiloe, Hamung, Oehoendoeni, Uhunduni
Population

14,000 (Wurm 2000).

Location

Papua Province, central highlands, Paniai regency, Ilaga and Beoga subdistricts; also in Deiya, Mimika, Asmat, Puncak regencies, southeast of Kemandoga river source, north and south Carstens mountains; possibly in Lanny Jaya and Nduga regencies.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Damal, Amung, Amongme, Enggipilu. Related to Ekari [ekg], Moni [mnz], and Wolani [wod].

Typology

Tonal.

Language Use

Potentially endangered (2000 S. Wurm). Children are beginning to prefer Indonesian [ind] (Wurm 2007). Used as L2 by Nduga [ndx].

Language Development
NT: 1988.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.

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