115,000 (2000 census), increasing. Few monolinguals.
Simbu Province, northern third, into Western Highlands Province, Minj subprovince.
3 (Wider communication).Major area language used as a trade language for all the other Chimbu languages.
Kuman, Nagane (Genagane, Genogane), Yongomugl.
SOV; clause chaining, auxiliary verbs with adjuncts.
Vigorous. All domains. Oral use in local administration, religion, local commerce. All ages. Positive attitudes. 40,000 can also use English [eng] or neighboring languages. Almost all also use Tok Pisin [tpi]. Used as L2 by Chuave [cjv], Dom [doa], Golin [gvf], Nomane [nof], Salt-Yui [sll], Sinasina [sst].
Latin script [Latn].
Christian, traditional religion.