Maisin

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Maisan
Population

2,610 (2000 census). 600 in Kosirava dialect.

Location

Oro Province, Collingwood bay and Kosirava swamp coast villages.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Kosirava, Maisin. No closely related languages. Lexical similarity: 73% among dialects, but little interaction between users.

Typology

SOV

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Many fluent in Korafe [kpr], Ubir [ubr], or English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy varies from 20%–80%. Taught in primary schools. Bible portions: 2004.
Writing
Latin script.