Umanakaina

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Gvede, Gweda, Gwede, Gwedena, Umanikaina
Population

2,400 (1987 SIL).

Location

Milne Bay province: Rabaraba district, Goodenough Bay coast, inland between Mount Gwoira and Mount Simpson.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Upper Ugu River, East Umanakaina. At least 2 dialects. Lexical similarity: 23% with Ginuman [gnm] (most similar).

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 25%–50%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. NT: 1999.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].