Biak

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Biak-Numfor, Mafoor, Mafoorsch, Mefoor, Myfoorsch, Noefoor, Noefoorsch, Nufoor
Autonym
Wós Kovedi, Wós Vyak
Population

70,000 (Van den Heuvel 2007).

Location

Papua province: Biak Numfor regency, Biak and Numfor islands; Yapen Island regency, north coast area; Papua Barat province: Mapia islands; Raja Ampat regency, Bantanta and south Waigeo islands; numerous island communities, east, north, and west of Bird’s Head.

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.

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