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Buang, Mapos

A language of Papua New Guinea

ISO 639-3: bzh

Population 10,484 (2000). 30% monolingual.
Region Morobe Province, middle Snake River area, Mumeng District. 10 villages.
Alternate names   Mapos, Central Buang
Dialects Wagau, Mambump, Buweyeu, Wins, Chimbuluk, Papakene, Mapos. Lexical similarity 61% between Mambump and Mangga.
Classification Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Western Oceanic, North New Guinea, Huon Gulf, South, Hote-Buang, Buang
Language use Vigorous. People in cities are more likely to speak Tok Pisin to children. All domains. Some oral and written use in village schools, community development, oral and written use in church. Personal letters. All ages. Children in towns understand Buang, but speak Tok Pisin. Positive language attitude. Speakers also use Tok Pisin.
Language development Literacy rate in first language: 50% to 75%. Literacy rate in second language: 50% to 75%. Grammar. NT: 1978.
Comments SVO. Mountain slope. Scrub forest, tropical forest. 1,500 to 2,000 meters. Swidden agriculturalists; vegetables, coffee; animal husbandry: cattle. Christian, traditional religion.