Gumawana

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Domdom, Gumasi, Gumasila
Population

470 (2000 census), increasing. 50 monolinguals.

Location

Milne Bay Province, Esa’ala district, Amphlett Islands, about 25 islands north of Fergusson. 7 villages.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Gumawana, Kotoita, Nubogeta. Lexical similarity: 48% with Galeya [gar], 47% with Dobu [dob] (most similar).

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Negative attitudes. Also use Boselewa [bwf], Dobu [dob], Galeya [gar], Kilivila [kij], Maiadomu [mzz].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 90%. Literacy rate in L2: 75%. Tend not to read Gumawana or Dobu but increase in English use and literacy. Poetry. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1992–1999.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.