Kanum, Bädi


A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Enkelembu, Kanum, Kenume, Knwne

10 (1996 M. Donohue).


Papua province: Merauke regency, south coast border area.

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Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).


None known. Kanum varieties are separate languages, with difficult mutual intelligibility. Reportedly similar to Yei [jei]. Also classified as Australian, Pama-Nyungan.

Language Use

Also use Indonesian [ind], as a trade language or for official purposes. Also use Morori [mok], as a trade language.

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: 5%.

Other Comments

One ethnic group with Kanum varieties. Clan marriages common and much ritual exchange. Christian, traditional religion.

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