Irarutu

Facts

  • Language: Irarutu
  • Alternate names: Arguni Bay, Irahutu, Irutu, Kaitero, Kasira
  • Language code: irh
  • Language family: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, South Halmahera-West New Guinea, South Halmahera
  • Number of speakers: 4000
  • Script:

Introduction

Irarutu is a language of Indonesia. It is spoken in West Papua Province, 44 villages. East Bomberai peninsula; Arguni bay north to Bintuni bay, southwest.

Dialects

6 or 7 dialects. Lexical similarity: 90% with Kuri (See: Kuri?).

The Irarutu Verb

Sample Verbs

to bite-mə|gor
to blownufə
to breathe-me|sagwe
to buy-mə|gu-rə
to choose-bi-rə
to climbmietə
to come-ma
to cook-matune
to count-efə
to cry-me|tage
to cut, hack-ma|totə
to die, be dead-matə
to digmə|garə
to dreamginə-mesi
to drink-gin[e]
to eat-ga
to fall-mə|titi
to fear-mta-t|e
to flow-nevovo
to fly-su-re
to hear-ba|nogre-
to hitmetebe
to hold-muda
to huntmə|tətanfe
to kill-bunə
to know, be knowledgeable-rarune
to laugh-berrife
to lie downgin gerevivare-
to live, be alive-rega
to open, uncovermə|səga-fone
to plant-mə|ta-nə
to pound, beat-mə|tu-tə
to say-biere
to scratch-mesegigere, -murə
to see-məsi
to sew-mutə
to shootmə|səbegete
to sitmatorə
to sleep-gi-ne
to sniff, smell-me|səgəfo
to spit-beni, -mə|tefe
to split-mə|ragete
to squeeze-muvrə
to stab, piercemə|tarə
to standmə|rire
to steal-bəna-ve
to suck-bəsəbuse
to swell-nəbər|barə
to swim-kaka
to think-vederbono
to throw-mə|ti, -mə|tru
to tie up, fastenmə|remte
to walk-fanə
to vomitmə|rue
to work-mudəve
to yawn