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

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

Typology

SOV

Language Use

Some also use English [eng].

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