Mai Brat

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Ajamaru, Atinjo, Ayamaru, Brat, Maibrat, Maite, Majbrat, Mey Brat
Autonym
Mai Brat, Maybrat
Population

20,000 (1987 SIL).

Location

Papua Barat province: about 40 villages in central Bird’s Head, Ayamaru lakes area.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Maisawiet, Maiyah, Maimaka, Maite, Maisefa. Lexical similarity: 10% with Tehit [kps], Mpur [akc], Abun [kgr], and its most similar neighbors.

Typology

SVO; heavy verb serialization.

Language Use

Religious services. All ages. Also use Indonesian [ind], especially in cities and among the highly educated. Used as L2 by Tehit [kps].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 25%–50%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2004–2007.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion.

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