Language name and location: Diebroud, Papua province, Indonesia [Ref to Ethnologue]

言名称和分布地区: 迪厄布鲁德语 (塔布尔塔语Taburta), 印尼巴布亚省西北部萨尔米县


1. ko-ta'

2. tai

3. twi 

4. bia tai' bia tai' (lit: bia=not taken, leftover)

5. ri' ɡwat-ta'  (lit: ri=hand, ɡwat-ta=thumb)

6. ri' bia ɡwat-ta'

7. ri' ɡou'-bu (ɡou'-bu=middle)

8. ri' ɡou'-bu fa-da' (fa-da=tall)

9. ri' di-ɡe' fa-da' bu (di-ɡe'=pinky (little finger), bu=big

10. ri' di-ɡe'

11. ai' ɡwa ɡwat-ta' (lit: ai-ɡwa=foot)

12. ai' ɡwa ɡwat-ta' ɡou'-bu

13. bia tai' bia ko-ka'


Linguist providing data and dateː Mr. Peter Wai, Wycliffe Translator, Indonesia, December 20, 2014.

提供资的语言: Mr. Peter Wai, 2014 年 12 月 20 日.


Other comments: The Diebroud or Taburta or Taworta people use the Taburta numbers for just some very simple things. For anything complicated, they will use Indonesian to say it. Younger people, including adults in the 30’s or 40’s, don’t even know how to count beyond 5. One older person I was able to find can count up to 13, but even he became hesitant as the numbers got past about 8. He wasn’t even sure how to count past 13 even though he thinks it can go higher than that. It sounds like there’s not really an established way to count past the fingers and toes. Beyond 20, they might just pull in a second person and point to that person’s fingers and toes. Or they might use rocks and say “This is one. This is one. This is one. ... “ as they point at individual rocks.

    As far as words for numbers, they have only 3 words – for 1, 2, and 3. 4 is “leftover 2 leftover 2.”  5 is “hand thumb.” 

   Note that the data are phonetically using conventional spelling. Apostrophe indicates syllable stress.  (Vowels are to be pronounced as Indonesians pronounce them.  For example, BIA is pronounced BEE-AH.). Diebroud is spoken by about 300 speakers in
Mamberamo Hulu sub-district, Sarmi regency, Papua province, Indonesia.

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