Kaluli

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Bosavi
Population

2,500 (1994 SIL).

Location

Southern Highlands Province, into Western Province, Mount Bosavi north and west slopes.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Kaluli, Kugenesi, Ologo, Walulu. Dialect differences are not great. Reportedly similar to but different from Kasua [khs].

Typology

SOV; prepositions; articles, adjectives, numerals after noun heads; question word initial; 1–4 prefixes; word order important; affixes indicate case; verb affixes mark person; ergativity; CV, CVC, CVV; tonal.

Language Use

Also use English [eng], Huli [hui], Tok Pisin [tpi]. Used as L2 by Aimele [ail], Onobasulu [onn], Sonia [siq].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%. Literacy rate in L2: 10%. Bible portions: 1997–1998.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.