Kiwai, Northeast

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Gibaio, Urama-Kope
Population

6,041 (2011 W. Foley). 1,300 in Kope, 700 in Gibaio, 1,700 in Urama, 700 in Arigibi.

Location

Gulf Province.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Arigibi (Anigibi), Gibaio, Kope (Era River, Gope), Urama.

Typology

SOV

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 15%–25%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Videos. Bible portions: 1987.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Wurm and Hattori (1981) treat Arigibi dialect as a separate language.