Bukiyip

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Bukiyúp, Mountain Arapesh
Population

16,200 (2003 SIL).

Location

East Sepik Province, west Yangoru district, Torricelli mountains.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Bukiyip (Mountain Arapesh), Coastal Arapesh. Lexical similarity: 60% with Mufian [aoj].

Typology

SVO; 14 noun classes; noun phrase concordance.

Language Use

Shifting to Tok Pisin [tpi]. Many children and adults unwilling to speak the language.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 15%–25%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Grammar. NT: 1994–2003.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].