Uare

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Kwale, Kware
Population

1,300 (2004 SIL).

Location

Central Province, Rigo Inland district, southeast of Port Moresby, Kemp Welsh and Hunter rivers.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Garihe (Garia), Uare (Kwale). Lexical similarity: 65%–74% with Humene [huf] (most similar).

Language Use

Vigorous, but much influence from Hiri Motu [hmo] and English [eng]. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng], Hiri Motu [hmo], Tok Pisin [tpi].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Grammar. Bible portions: 1994–2005.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Different from Kware [ail] in the Bosavi family, Western Province.