Papua New Guinea

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Papua New Guinea
A country in Pacific
The number of individual languages listed for Papua New Guinea is 852. Of these, 840 are living and 12 are extinct. Of the living languages, 839 are indigenous and 1 is non-indigenous. Furthermore, 42 are institutional, 303 are developing, 344 are vigorous, 114 are in trouble, and 37 are dying.
Official Name
Independent State of Papua New Guinea
Population

7,619,000 (2015 UNDESA)

General Remarks
600 islands
Principal Languages
English, Tok Pisin
Literacy Rate
72% (2015 UNESCO)
Immigrant Languages
Chinese
General References
Anceaux 1961, Carrington 1996, Foley 2005, Franklin 1968, Healey 1964, Hooley 1971, Hooley and McElhanon 1970, McElhanon 1970, McElhanon 1978, Pawley 2005, Ross 1988, Ross 2005, Sankoff 1968, Shaw 1973, Shaw 1986, Wurm 2000, Wurm 2007, Wurm and Hattori 1981, Z’Graggen 1971, Z’Graggen 1975
Language Counts
The number of individual languages listed for Papua New Guinea is 852. Of these, 840 are living and 12 are extinct. Of the living languages, 839 are indigenous and 1 is non-indigenous. Furthermore, 42 are institutional, 303 are developing, 344 are vigorous, 114 are in trouble, and 37 are dying.
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