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). 3,000 monolinguals. 1,000 to 1,200 Iwa.

Location

Milne Bay Province, Losuia district, Woodlark island.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Iwa, Lougaw (Gawa), Nawyem, Wamwan, Yanaba. 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], or Misima-Panaeati [mpx].

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.