A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Aigon, Bao, Psohoh

2,000 (2003 SIL), increasing. 100 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 2,500.


West New Britain Province, Gasmata and Mosa rural LLGs, Akolet and Avau inland, between Avio and Amgen rivers, to north side of Whiteman range.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Aighon, Apsokok (Psohoh, Psokhok, Psokok, Sokhok), Bao (Do). In the Kaulong [pss] (Pasismanua) dialect subgroup. Aighon considered a dialect of Kaulong [pss] (Wurm and Hattori 1981). Lexical similarity: 83% with Aighon and Bao dialects.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Tok Pisin [tpi].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%. Literacy rate in L2: 35%.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Different from Bau [bbd] in Madang Province. Christian, traditional religion.