Awad Bing


A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Awad Gey, Biliau, Bing, Samang, Semang, Sengam

1,450 (2000 SIL).


Madang Province, Astrolabe Bay area, west of Saidor. 7 villages.

Language Status

4 (Educational).


Biliau, Galeg, Suit, Yamai, Yori. Distinct from, but reportedly similar to, Mindiri [mpn] and Wab [wab].

Language Use

Vigorous. A few Ngaing [nnf] speak it for trade. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Few use Gedaged [gdd], the church language. Also use English [eng], Tok Pisin [tpi].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 61%. Literacy rate in L2: 61%. 700 can read and write it. Vernacular primary schools planned. Bible portions: 1992–2000.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.