Arandai language

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Arandai
Kemberano
Weriagar
Native to West Papua, Indonesia
Region Bird's Head Peninsula
Native speakers
unknown (2,500 cited 1987)[1]
Trans–New Guinea
Dialects
Weriagar
Barau
Kalitami
Tomu
Dombano
Language codes
ISO 639-3 Either:
bzp – Wariagar (Kemberano–Barau)
jbj – Yaban (Tomu–Arandai)
Linguasphere 20-HD (20-HDA, 20-HDB)

Arandai (Tomu–Kemberano) is a dialect cluster of New Guinea.

The treatment at Ethnologue appears to be inconsistent. ISO codes are assigned to two languages, Arandai and Kemberano, also known as Arandai. They are said to have 85% lexical similarity, which would make them dialects of one language. However, the two dialects given for Arandai, also called Kemberano and Arandai (AKA Tomu and Dombano), are said to have only 71% lexical similarity, making them different languages. Dialects of Kemberano (Weriagar) are listed as Weriagar (Kemberano) and Barau.

Additional alternative names of Arandai/Kemberano (Dombano–Tomu) are given as Jaban / Yaban, Sebyar, Sumuri. Additional alternative name of Kemberano/Arandai (Barau–Weriagar) is given as Kalitami.

Linguasphere 2010 makes a more consistent distinction:

20-HD Tomu–Kemberano

20-HDA Tomu–Arandai; includes Yaban, Sebyar
20-HDA-a Tomu
20-HDA-b Arandai (Dombano)
20-HDB Kemberano–Barau
20-HDB-a Kemberano (Kalitami)
20-HDB-b Weriagar
20-HDB-c Barau

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