Biak

Authored by: Hein Steinhauer

The Austronesian Languages of Asia and Madagascar

Print publication date:  November  2004
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780700712861
eBook ISBN: 9780203821121
Adobe ISBN: 9781136755101

10.4324/9780203821121.ch28

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Abstract

The Biak language is a continuum of closely related dialects, spoken on the islands north and northwest of the Bird’s Head peninsula of West New Guinea, notably on the major Schouten Islands (Biak, Supiori and Numfor) and on West Waigeo, Salawati, and further on smaller islands in the Dore Bay and the Raja Ampat archipelago. Sizable numbers of Biak speakers are found today in the cities of Sorong and Merauke and in small villages along the north coast of the Bird’s Head.

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