Yawa

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Mantembu, Mora, Turu, Unat, Yapanani, Yava
Autonym
Yawa Unat
Population

10,000 (2011 SIL).

Location

Papua province: central Yapen island, 8 north coast villages, 2 interior villages, and 18 south coast villages.

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Language Status

5* (Developing).

Dialects

Central Yawa (Mora), West Yawa, South Yawa, North Yawa, East Yawa.

Typology

SOV; head noun initial; dual number; 14 consonants and 5 vowels; inclusive/exclusive pronouns.

Language Use

Home, market, religious services, school.

Language Development

Literacy rate in L1: 40%–50%. Taught in the lower grades in some village schools. Dictionary. NT: 2011.

Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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