Kanum, Sota


A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Enkelembu, Kenume, Knwne

100 (1996 M. Donohue).


Papua Province, Merauke regency, Sota village; southernmost point of province, east northeast of Merauke city, bordering Papua New Guinea.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).


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

Language Use

Home, hunting camps. All ages. Also use Indonesian [ind], Morori [mok].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 5%.
Other Comments

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

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