Iau

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Iaw, Urundi, Ururi, Yau
Autonym
yav ba
Population

1,500 (2018 J. Bateman), increasing. 500 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 1,500.

Location

Papua province: Puncak Jaya regency, Bakusi, Duita, Fawi, and Fi villages between Rouffaer and Van Daalen rivers.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Foi (Poi), Turu, Iau. Reportedly similar to Edopi [dbf]. Distinct from Yawa [yva]. Varieties listed as dialects may be separate languages.

Language Use

Vigorous. Speakers of other languages in western Lakes Plains area speak basic Iau. All domains. Used by all. Positive attitudes. A few also use Duvle [duv], or a Dani variety. Also use Indonesian [ind], especially young to middle-aged speakers.

Language Development

Literacy rate in L1: 5%–15%. 200 or more can read and write it. Bible portions: 1985–2005.

Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.

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