Mai Brat language

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Region Papua
Native speakers
unknown (20,000 cited 1987)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ayz
Glottolog maib1239[2]

The Ayamaru language, or Mai Brat, is spoken by the Ayamaru people in the many villages around the Ayamaru Lakes on the Bird's Head Peninsula of West Papua. It is only distantly related to other languages, sharing 10% of its vocabulary with its nearest neighbors (apart from the very similar Karon Dori), though it may be part of the West Papuan family.

Variant spellings of the language include Majbrat, Mey Brat, and Brat. Other names include Atinjo and Maite.

Ayamaru is fairly isolating, with subject–verb–object and noun–adjective word order.


  1. ^ Ayamaru at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Mai Brat". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.