Kiwai, Southern

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Kiwai
Population

9,700 (Wurm 1975). 3,800 in Coast, 1,000 in Daru, 4,500 in Island Kiwai, 400 in Doumori. Several sources estimate current population now in excess of 20,000 (2011 SIL).

Location

Western Province, Fly river delta, Fly river north bank.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Coast Kiwai, Island Kiwai (Bamu Kiwai).

Language Use

Very positive attitudes. They consider it superior to related languages.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 15%–25%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. NT: 1960.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

All dialect speakers agree the language and cultural center is on Kiwai Island.