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A language of Papua New Guinea

ISO 639-3tbc

Population  40,000.
Region  Madang Province, Madang District, south half of Karkar Island, Bagabag Island, coastal villages Megiar and Serang.
Language map  Papua New Guinea, Map 7, reference number 331
Dialects  Megiar, Serang.
Classification  Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Western Oceanic, North New Guinea, Ngero-Vitiaz, Vitiaz, Bel, Nuclear Bel, Northern
Language use  Domains gradually diminishing. All ages. All except older women also use Tok Pisin [tpi] or English.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 50%–75%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. People usually write in Gedaged [gdd], Tok Pisin [tpi], or English. Taught in primary schools. NT: 1999.
Writing system  Latin script.