Nai

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Biaka
Population

750 (2010 SIL).

Location

Sandaun Province, Amanab district, southeast of Angor [agg] language area. 3 large villages.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Lexical similarity: 20% with nearby Kwomtari [kwo] based on 100 basic words; grammar vastly different in major features such as medial verbs and relative clauses.

Language Use

All children, except those in Amini, learn Nai first. All domains. All ages. Also use Tok Pisin [tpi].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 50%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. Poetry. New media. Dictionary. Bible portions: 2004.
Writing
Latin script.