Mbula

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Kaimanga, Mangaaba, Mangaava, Mangaawa, Mangap, Mangap-Mbula
Population

4,500 (2007 SIL), increasing. 450 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 4,500.

Location

Morobe Province, Siassi district, east Umboi island, 6 villages; Sakar island, 1 village.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Gauru, Mbula (Central Mbula), Northern Mbula, Sakar.

Typology

SVO; prepositions.

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, market, church. All ages. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 50%. Literacy rate in L2: 60%. Literacy is increasing. Taught in primary schools. Poetry. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1997.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.