5,000 (2003 SIL), increasing. Ethnic population: 5,000 (2000 SIL). Includes 3,500 in the traditional area.
New Ireland Province, Saint Matthias Islands, Mussau and Emira northwest of Kavieng; Port Moresby, Lae, Goroka, and Madang.
Eastern Mussau, Emira, Southern Mussau, Western Mussau.
Vigorous. Spoken by nearly all. Passed on to children in the traditional area, and some elsewhere, except in mixed marriages. Tenis ethnic group also uses Emira. Youth tend to prefer Tok Pisin [tpi] (Wurm 2007). Most domains, local administration, commerce, education in early grades, oral and some written use in church, personal letters. All ages. Positive attitudes. All but youngest use Tok Pisin [tpi]. Also use English [eng]. Used as L2 by Tenis [tns].
Latin script [Latn].