Awara

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Population

1,900 (2011 SIL), increasing. 670 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 1,950.

Location

Morobe Province, Lae district, near the Wantoat [wnc] language area.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Some dialect variation. Wantoat [wnc], Wapu dialect of Wantoat, and Awara are part of a chain of related varieties, with Awara at the western end. Lexical similarity: 60%–70% with Wantoat [wnc] and Wapu dialect of Wantoat.

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Vigorous. All ages. Positive attitudes. 65% also use Tok Pisin [tpi]. Wantoat [wnc] use is passive. Used as L2 by Sukurum [zsu].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 30%. Children’s literacy schools.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].