Sobei

Authored by: Joyce Sterner , Malcolm Ross

The Oceanic Languages

Print publication date:  December  2001
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780700711284
eBook ISBN: 9780203820384
Adobe ISBN: 9781136749858

10.4324/9780203820384.ch8

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Abstract

Sobei is the westernmost Oceanic language in Melanesia. A member of the Sarmi/ Jayapura group, it is spoken by approximately 2000 people in the area of Sarmi, a government district centre on the north coast of Irian Jaya, Indonesia. The names and approximate populations of the three communities where Sobei is spoken are Sarmi Village 400, Sawar 700, and Bagaiserwar 900. This sketch is partly based on Joyce Sterner (1975, 1976, 1987) and Robert Sterner (1975).

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