Biak

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Biak-Numfor, Mafoor, Mafoorsch, Mefoor, Myfoorsch, Noefoor, Noefoorsch, Nufoor
Population

30,000 (Wurm 2000).

Location

Numerous island communities, east, north, and west of Bird’s Head, Papua Province, Biak Numfor regency, Biak and Numfor islands north, Yapen Island regency, north coast area east of Cape Jobi; Papua Barat Province, including the Mapia islands, 320 kms north of Cape Saweba, Raja Ampat regency, Bantanta and south Waigeo islands northwest of Sorong city.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Ariom, Bo’o, Dwar, Fairi, Jenures, Korim, Mandusir, Mofu, Opif, Padoa, Penasifu, Samberi, Sampori (Mokmer), Sor, Sorendidori, Sundei, Wari, Wadibu, Sorido, Bosnik, Korido, Warsa, Wardo, Kamer, Mapia, Mios Num, Rumberpon, Monoarfu, Yobi (Jobi). Some consider Biak and Numfor dialect 2 languages.

Language Use

Potentially endangered (2000 S. Wurm). Strong influence from Indonesian [ind]; younger generation losing command of it; many prefer Indonesian (Wurm 2007).

Language Development
NT: 1990.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.