3 Ekari language

Ekari language

Spoken in Indonesia
Region Papua
Ethnicity Ekari
Native speakers 100,000  (1985)
Language family
Trans–New Guinea
  • West Trans–New Guinea
    • Paniai Lakes
      • Ekari
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ekg
view of Moanamani, Papua

Ekari (also Ekagi, Kapauku) is a Trans–New Guinea language spoken by about 100,000 people in the Paniai lakes region of the Indonesian province of Papua, including the villages of Mapia and Moanamani. This makes it the second-most populous Papuan language in Indonesian New Guinea after Western Dani. Language use is vigorous. Documentation is quite limited.


  • Doble, Marion. 1962. Essays on Kapauku grammar.. Nieuw Guinea Studiën 6.152-5, 211-8, 279-98.
  • Drabbe, Peter. 1952. Spraakkunst van het Ekagi, Wisselmeren, Nederlands Nieuw Guinea. Den Haag: Martinus Nijhoff.

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