Language name and location: Kimki, Papua province, Indonesia [Refer to Ethnologue]

语言名称和分布地区: 金基语, 印度尼西亚巴布亚省宾塘县山区


1. [amatri] "one"

2. [alilas] "two"

3. [alilasti magnas] or [alilasti amatri] (2+1) ''three''

.   [bai̯tgwar] ''many''

.   [alasam] ''a little''


Linguist providing data and dateː Ms. Rachel Brengel, Wycliffe Translator, Indonesia, January 16, 2015.

提供资的语言: Ms. Rachel Brengel, 2015 年 1 月 16 日.


Other comments: The Kimki language does have words for “one”, “two”, and “three”, but doesn’t go higher than that. If more than three, they use the word for “many”. They also have a word for “a little”.  I have been told that those who know Bahasa Indonesia (the national language) borrow its numeral system sometimes for numbers that the Kimki language doesn’t have. I’m not yet sure how often that occurs or whether or not it is more prevalent in certain contexts. Kimki is spoken by about 500 speakers in Pegunungan Bintang regency, Batom sub-district, Papua province, Indonesia, near Sepik river entrance to Papua New Guinea.

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