Ambel is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken on the island of Waigeo, which is part of the Raja Ampat Regency in West Papua Province in eastern Indonesia. In particular it is spoken around Mayalibit Bay, and on the north coast of the island. About 1,600 people speak Ambel, most of whom are adults. Young people are shifting to Papuan Malay, although they understand Ambel.
Ambel is also known as Amber, Amberi, Siam, Waigeo or Waigiu. Native speakers call it galí Ambél (Ambel language), galí Mayá (Ma’ya language) or galí (language). There are two dialects: Metsam Ambel and Metnyo Ambel.
Ambel is a tonal language with a high tone, which can be indicated with an acute accent (á), and a low tone, which can be indicated with a grave accent (à).
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