Kwerba

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Air Mati, Airmati, Armati, Koassa, Mataweja, Naibedj, Segar Tor, Tekutameso
Autonym
Kwerba
Population

2,500 (1996 SIL).

Location

Papua province: Apiaweti, Aurime, Munukania, Tatsewalem, and Wamariri villages in Apauwer river headwaters.

Language Status

6b* (Threatened).

Dialects

Serikenam, Sasawa, Nogukwabai. Lexical similarity: 64% with Bagusa [bqb].

Typology

SOV; postpositions; noun head initial; 2 noun classes (large, small); dual number; definite suffix; nominative-accusative language; tense, aspect and mood markers; 15 consonants and 6 vowels; inclusive/exclusive pronouns.

Language Use

Used as L2 by Samarokena [tmj].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 5%. Bible portions: 1986–2001.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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