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Kobon

A language of Papua New Guinea

ISO 639-3kpw

Population  10,000 (2007 SIL), increasing. 4,000 monolinguals.
Region  Madang Province, Middle Ramu District; Western Highlands Province, Kaironk River, lower Jimi River area north of Mt. Hagen.
Language map  Papua New Guinea, Map 6, reference number 285
Classification  Trans-New Guinea, Madang, Kalam-Kobon
Language use  Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitude. Also use Tok Pisin [tpi].
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 20%–25%. Literacy rate in L2: 20%–25%. Taught in primary schools. Grammar. NT: 2005.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  SOV. Swidden agriculturalists.