Tehit

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Kaibus, Tahit, Tehid, Teminabuan
Population

10,000 (2000 R. Hesse). No monolinguals.

Location

Papua Barat Province, southwest Bird’s Head, Sorong regency, most of Teminabuan subdistrict, half of Sawiat subdistrict, about 31 villages.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Tehit Jit, Mbol Fle, Saifi, Imyan, Sfa Riere, Fkar, Sawiat Salmeit. Lexical similarity: 60% with Kalabra.

Language Use

Vigorous. Parents in villages in the interior pass Tehit on to children. In villages bordering towns, Indonesian [ind] used with children. Users of neighboring languages learn Tehit. All domains. Positive attitudes. Also use Dutch [nld], English [eng], Indonesian [ind], Mai Brat [ayz].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. Taught in primary schools. Bible portions: 1998.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.