Nek

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Population

2,000 (2011 SIL), increasing.

Location

Morobe Province, Nawaeb district, Saruwaged range south side, rugged terrain north of Boana. 5 villages.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

East Nek, West Nek. Lexical similarity: 65% with Nuk [noc], less than 60% with Nakame [nib].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Home, prep schools, church. All ages. Positive attitudes. 50% also use Tok Pisin [tpi].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%–15%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Prep schools in Nek. Taught in primary schools. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1999–2009.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.