|Region||Tor Atas district, Sarmi Regency|
|(1,200 cited 1994)|
Berik is a Papuan language spoken in eastern Papua. Speakers are located in four village groups on the Tor River towards the northern coast of Indonesian-controlled Irian Jaya.
US linguist John McWhorter cited Berik as an example of a language which puts concepts "together in ways more fascinatingly different from English than most of us are aware". Illustrating this, in the phrase Kitobana (meaning "[he] gives three large objects to a male in the sunlight"), affixes indicating time of day, object number, object size, and gender of recipient are added to the verb.
In Tor Atas District, Berik is spoken in Beu, Bora Bora, Dangken, Doronta, Kondirjan, Safrontani, Sewan, Somanente, Taminambor, Tenwer, Togonfo, and Waf villages.
|Nasal||m [m]||n [n]||ng [ŋ]|
|voiceless||p [p]||t [t]||k [k]|
|voiced||b [b]||d [d]||j [d͡ʑ]||g [ɡ]|
|Fricative||f [f]||s [s]|
|Approximant||l [l]||y [j]||w [w]|
Berik has the common six vowel system (/a/, /e/, /i/, /o/, and /u/ plus /ə/).
|Close||i [i]||u [u]|
|Mid||e [e]||ə [ə]||o [o]|