Arandai language

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Native toWest Papua, Indonesia
RegionBird's Head Peninsula
Native speakers
(2,500 cited 1987)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3jbj

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


  1. ^ Arandai at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Arandai". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.