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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Kalamo, Nomad, Ododei, Tomu, Tomu River
Population

490 (2002 SIL).

Location

Southern Highlands province: southwest corner; Western province: middle Fly district, Hasalibi, Kalamo Lake Campbell, villages on middle Rentoul river south bank past middle Tomu river to Wawoi Falls.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. Reportedly most similar to Samo [smq] and Konai [kxw].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Kamula [xla].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 20%–25%. Literacy rate in L2: 20%. Literacy increasing as more children learn to read. Taught in primary schools. Bible portions: 2002–2008.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

‘Kalamo’ is the name of a clan that lives at Wawoi Falls.

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