Sibe

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Nagovisi, Sibbe, Sibe-Nagovisi
Population

6,000 (2011 SIL), increasing. 100 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 15,000. L2 users: Outsiders who intermarry with Sibe speakers.

Location

Bougainville Province, Buin district.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). Statutory language of provincial identity in Bougainville Autonomous Region (2007, Education Plan, Section 1.1.3), not yet implemented (2012).

Dialects

Laagasi’, Teleipi, Tobe’laaki’, To’mau, Welipe’.

Language Use

All ages.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: more than 50%. Literacy rate in L2: 75%–100%. Literacy stopped, but revival plans exist. Taught in primary schools. Radio programs. Bible portions: 1984.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Moderate acculturation. Christian.