Koluwawa

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Kalokalo
Population

900 (1998 SIL).

Location

Milne Bay Province, Fergusson ilsand northwest tip.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Lexical similarity: 64% with Iamalele [yml] (most similar), and then Bwaidoka [bwd].

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng], Dobu [dob], Bwaidoka [bwd], Iamalele [yml], Minaveha, [mvn] and Iduna [viv].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 50%–80%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–80%. Taught in primary schools. Poetry. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 2000–2010.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Use of other languages and bilingualism is mainly due to intermarriage. Husbands or wives from other language groups live at Kalokalo with their Koluwawa spouse. Christian.