Melpa

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Hagen, Medlpa
Population

130,000 (1991 SIL).

Location

Western Highlands Province, Hagen district.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Tembagla (Temboka). Only slight dialect differences.

Language Use

Used as L2 by Bo-Ung [mux], Umbu-Ungu [ubu].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%–15%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. NT: 1965–1995.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.