Kein

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Bemal
Population

1,750 (2000 census).

Location

Madang Province, Trans-Gogol district.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Kibam, Sigau, Sog. Related to Girawa [bbr] and Munit [mtc].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Most children learn Tok Pisin [tpi] first; then many, but not all, learn Kein. All domains, except church. Positive attitudes. 100% also use Tok Pisin [tpi].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. One adult literacy class. NT: 2006.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian (Protestant).