Duau

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Population

3,550 (1991 SIL). No monolinguals.

Location

Milne Bay province: Normanby and Sawabwala islands.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Mwalukwasia, Somwadina, Guleguleu (Guragureu), Dawada, Siausi. Diverse dialects. No central or dominant dialect. Lexical similarity: 75% with Bunama [bdd], 52% with Mwatebu [mwa], Auhelawa [kud], and Bwanabwana [tte].

Language Use

Also use Dobu [dob]. Used as L2 by Bwanabwana [tte], Mwatebu [mwa].

Language Development
Many schools, but low literacy rate.
Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.