Languages

Wandamen

Fact corner

  • Language: Wandamen
  • Alternate names: Wandamen-Windesi, Windesi, Windessi, Bintuni, Bentuni, Bentoeni, Wamesa
  • SIL-code: Ethnologue:wad
  • Language family: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian,
    South Halmahera-West New Guinea, West New Guinea, Cenderawasih Bay, Yapen, Central-Western
  • Number of speakers: 5,000
  • Script: Latin script

Introduction

Wandamen is an Austronesian language that is spoken in the following regions of Indonesia: Wasior, Manokwari, west Cenderawasih Bay along Wandamen Bay extending west to east end of Bintuni Bay.

The verb

Wandamen verbs require affixes that indicate subject person and number.

Wandamen grammar

Sample verb: sayo

Present
Sg.1 ysayo
Sg.2 busayo
Sg.3 disayo
Pl.1, inclusive tasayo
Pl.1, exclusive amasayo
Pl.2 mesayo
Pl.3, human sesayo
Pl.3, non-human sisayo
Du.1, inclusive tusayo
Du.1, exclusive amusayo
Pl.2 musayo
Du.3 susayo

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