Mairasi

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Faranyao, Kaniran
Population

3,300 (1996 SIL).

Location

Papua Province, Bomberai peninsula, southwest coast facing Arafura Sea; area from Arguni bay east, southeast toward Triton bay on south coast.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Northeastern Mairasi. Similar to Semimi [etz]. Northeastern Mairasi may be a separate language. Lexical similarity: 69% with Semimi [etz], 61% with Mer [mnu].

Language Use

Some also use Kowiai [kwh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. Dictionary. NT: 2004.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.