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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Sawiyanu
Population

480 (1990 census).

Location

East Sepik province: Ambunti district, Ama (Wopolu I), Kauvia (Kawiya), Waniap creek, Wopolu II (Nokonufa), and Yonuwai villages; all on hills rising from the swamp south of Sepik river, south of Namia.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Dialects have converged.

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Used as L2 by Iteri [itr].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 25%–50%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. NT: 1990–2009.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Seminomadic. Christian, traditional religion.

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