L1 users: 50 (1998 M. Donohue). Ethnic population: 250 (1998 M. Donohue).
Papua province: south coast border area.
8b (Nearly extinct).
Menge dialect remembered as the language of ceremony, though the last Menge speaker died in 1997.
Endangered (2000 S. Wurm). Under pressure from Marind [mrz], a language group which surrounds the Morori, and from Indonesian [ind] (Wurm 2007). Mainly older adults. All also use Indonesian [ind], Papuan Malay [pmy]. Also use Marind [mrz]. Used as L2 by Bädi Kanum [khd], Ngkâlmpw Kanum [kcd], Smärky Kanum [kxq], Sota Kanum [krz].
Christian, traditional religion.