Nakanai

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Nakonai
Population

13,000 (Wurm and Hattori 1981).

Location

West New Britain Province, Talasea district, especially Hoskins RLLG, and northwest coast, Biala RLLG, 42 villages; East New Britain Province, small area, Pomio district, Mamusi-West Pomio RLLG.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Bileki (Lakalai, Mamuga, Muku), Losa (Auka, Loso), Maututu, Ubae (Babata), Vere (Tarobi, Vele).

Language Development
Grammar. NT: 1983.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Major language of the Nakanai family. Christian, traditional religion.