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Labu

A language of Papua New Guinea

ISO 639-3lbu

Population  1,600 (1989 SIL). 800 in Labu-Butu.
Region  Morobe Province, Markham River coast area. 3 communities: Labu-Butu, Labu-Miti, and Labu-Tali.
Language maps  Papua New Guinea, Map 11, reference number 553
Papua New Guinea, Map 15, reference number 553
Alternate names   Hapa, Labo, Labu’
Classification  Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Western Oceanic, North New Guinea, Huon Gulf, Markham, Lower, Labu
Language use  Children are taught Tok Pisin [tpi] first, and its use is active. The culture seems in decline. Home.
Language development  Grammar.
Comments  Those who attend school learn English. Yabem [jae] was church language, and there were schools in Yabem. Strong economy.