Mufian

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Muhian, Muhiang, Southern Arapesh
Population

11,000 (1998 SIL). 6,000 Filifita (1999 SIL).

Location

East Sepik Province, Maprik district, Torricelli mountains, west of Maprik. 36 villages.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Balif, Filifita (Ilahita), Iwam-Nagalemb, Nagipaem, Supari.

Typology

SVO; 14 noun classes; noun phrase concordance

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Filifita 15%–25%; Mufian: 15%–25%. Literacy rate in L2: Filifita 50%–75%; Mufian 50%–75%. NT: 1988–1998.
Writing
Latin script.