Muyuw

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Egum, Murua, Murua Dukwayasi, Murua Kaulae, Muruwa, Muyu, Muyua, Muyuwa
Population

6,000 (1998). 1,000–1,200 Iwa. 3,000 monolinguals.

Location

Milne Bay province: Losuia district, Woodlark island.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Yanaba, Lougaw (Gawa), Wamwan, Nawyem, Iwa. Iwa dialect is halfway between Muyuw [myw] and Kilivila [kij]. Lexical similarity: 68% with Kilivila [kij].

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

Also use Dobu [dob], Kilivila [kij], Misima-Panaeati [mpx]. Used as L2 by Budibud [btp].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 75%. Literacy rate in L2: 75%. 30% of the children are in government schools. Dictionary. NT: 1976–1996.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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