Arop-Lokep

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Arop-Lukep, Lukep, Moromiranga, Siasi, Siassi, Tolokiwa
Population

3,020 (2000 census), increasing. Few monolinguals.

Location

Vitiaz Strait, Siassi chain, 4 islands. Arop dialect: Madang Province, Saidor district, Long and Crown islands; Lokep dialect: Morobe Province, Siassi district, Tolokiwa island and northwest tip of Umboi island.

Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Arop (Poono), Lokep (Lokewe, Lukep).

Typology

SVO

Language Use

Vigorous. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Tok Pisin [tpi].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 75%–100%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Taught in primary schools. Grammar. Bible portions: 1990–2003.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Different from Arop-Sissano [aps] in Sandaun Province.