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Bieria

A language of Vanuatu

ISO 639-3brj

Population  25 (Lynch and Crowley 2001).
Region  South Epi, between the Maii [mmm] and Lewo [lmu].
Language map  Vanuatu
Alternate names   Bieri, Vovo, Wowo
Dialects  Bieria, Vovo (Wowo). Wurm and Hattori (1981) treat Bieria and Vovo as separate languages.
Classification  Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, North and Central Vanuatu, Northeast Vanuatu-Banks Islands, Epi, Bieria-Maii
Language use  Some domains. Used by 40% of the children. Positive attitude. Also use Baki [bki].
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. Bible portions: 1898.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Nearly extinct.
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