Relatively little is known about the languages spoken on and around the island of Yapen. The published sources contain little more than a few brief word-lists, although there is more material to be found in manuscript form. This includes, for example, the lexicographical and other notes on the Yava language (especially of the Mantembu dialect) by Dominee I. S. Kijne, and the studies of the Serui-Laut language by Dominee F. Slump, as well as material in official reports, like the grammatical notes on the southern coastal dialects, by Meester J. J. de Zoete.

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