Binandere

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Ioma Binandere
Population

7,000 (2007 SIL).

Location

Oro Province; along Eia, Gira, Mamba, and Kumusi rivers; between Sowara and Iwaia villages on coast; a few in Morobe Province.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Lexical similarity: 50%–54% with Suena [sue] and Zia [zia].

Typology

SOV

Language Use

Vigorous. Strong interest language preservation. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use some English [eng] or Tok Pisin [tpi]. Some in the language border areas also use Zia [zia], Aeka [aez], or Notu (Ewage) [nou].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 25%–50%. Taught in community schools K-6; anticipated for 7–8. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1912–2004.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

No known dialects. Some mixing of English [eng] and Tok Pisin [tpi]. Christian, traditional religion.