Yawa

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Mantembu, Mora, Turu, Unat, Yapanani, Yava, Yawa Unat
Population

10,000 (2011 SIL).

Location

Papua Province, Yapen island: 8 north coast villages, 2 interior villages, and 18 south coast villages, all in the central portion of the island.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Central Yawa (Mora), East Yawa, North Yawa, South Yawa, West Yawa.

Language Use

Home, market, religious services, school.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 40%–50%. Taught in the lower grades in some village schools. Dictionary. NT: 2011.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.