Pouye

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Bouye
Population

960 (2003 SIL), increasing.

Location

Sandaun Province, Lumi, East and West Wapei districts. 7 villages: Yukilau, Komtin, Wulme, Wokien, Kiliauto, Maurom, Bulawa.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Related to Awtuw [kmn] and Karawa [xrw]. Lexical similarity: 67% with Karawa.

Typology

SOV

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Men, boys, and a few women also use Tok Pisin [tpi].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–20% (Tok Pisin). Bible portions: 1995–2007.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.