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Yagwoia

A language of Papua New Guinea

ISO 639-3ygw

Population  10,000. 1500 Iwalaqamalje, 1500 Gwase, 7000 Hiqwaye, Hiqwase, Yeqwangilje.
Region  Morobe (Hiqwaye, Hiqwase, Yeqwangilje), Gulf (Gwase), and Eastern Highlands (Iqwalaqamalje) provinces.
Language map  Papua New Guinea, Map 15, reference number 683
Alternate names   Kokwaiyakwa, Yeghuye
Dialects  Iwalaqamalje, Gwase, Hiqwaye, Hiqwase, Yeqwangilje. Similar to Chimbari [smb], Hamtai [hmt], Baruya [byr], Menya [mcr] (most similar).
Classification  Trans-New Guinea, Angan, Nuclear Angan
Language use  All domains. Also use Tok Pisin [tpi] as trade language with outsiders.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 5% among Iwalaqamalje. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15% in Tok Pisin.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  5 ethnic groups: Iwalaqamalje, Hiqwaye, Hiqwase, Gwase, Heqwangilye. SOV. Swidden agriculturalists. Christian.