Mairasi

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A language of Indonesia

Alternate Names
Faranjao, Faranjo, Faranyao, Faranyau, Kaniran
Autonym
Mairasi
Population

3,300 (1996 SIL).

Location

Papua province; West Papua province: Bomberai peninsula, southwest coast facing Arafura Sea, southeast from Arguni bay.

Language Status

5* (Developing).

Dialects

Northeastern Mairasi. Reportedly similar to Semimi [etz]. Northeastern Mairasi may be a separate language. Lexical similarity: 69% with Semimi [etz], 61% with Mer [mnu].

Typology

SOV; animate/inanimate noun classes; verb affixes mark person and number for both subject and object; mood and aspect; 13 consonants and 5 vowels.

Language Use

Also use Indonesian [ind], Kowiai [kwh].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. Dictionary. NT: 2004.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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