Yabem

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Jabem, Jabim, Laulabu, Yabim
Population

2,080 (McElhanon 1978).

Location

Morobe Province, Huon peninsula, near Finschhafen coast.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Language Use

Used as a church language by Lutherans in the Huon Peninsula region since 1890. Served as medium of instruction for 30,000 students following World War II (Streicher 1982), but now eclipsed by Tok Pisin in use as a lingua franca. Used as L2 by Bugawac [buk], Mesem [mci], Numbami [sij], Safeyoka [apz], Tami [tmy].

Language Development
Dictionary. NT: 1924–1974.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.