Mengen

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Poeng
Population

8,400 (1982 SIL).

Location

East New Britain Province, Pomio district, Jacquinot bay and inland. 20 villages.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Bush Mengen (Inland Mengen, Longueinga), North Coast Mengen (Maeng, Maenge, Orford), South Coast Mengen (Poeng). Some linguists separate Poeng (South Coast Mengen and Bush Mengen) and Maeng (North Coast Mengen) into 2 languages.

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

Used as L2 by Meramera [mxm].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%–15%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. NT: 2003.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].