Sobei

Print

A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Biga, Imasi, Liki
Population

L1 users: 1,000 (Wurm 2000). Ethnic population: 1,850 (2000 D. Tryon).

Location

Papua province: Sarmi regency, Sarmi sub-district, north coast area.

Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

None known. Reported comprehension of Liki [lio].

Language Use

Endangered (2000 D. Tryon; 2000 S. Wurm). Sobei speakers are beginning to shift to Papuan Malay [pmy]. Also use Indonesian [ind], especially by children, who are bilingual and tend to prefer it. Also use Papuan Malay [pmy], particularly with people of other language areas.

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Government schools through entire area. Increasing intermarriage with other groups. Christian.

Page Views Left: