Namia

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Edawapi, Lujere, Namie, Nemia, Yellow River
Population

6,000 (2007 SIL), increasing. 300 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 6,200.

Location

Sandaun Province, Yellow River district, 19 villages; East Sepik Province, Panewai village, Edwaki, Ameni, Wiyari, Lawo, Pabei, Iwane areas.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

None known. Reportedly most similar to Ak [akq] and Awun [aww]. Lexical similarity: 13% with Abau [aau], 12% with May River Iwam [iwm].

Typology

SOV; postpositions; consonant clusters; vowel glides; 6 phonemic vowels.

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, prep schools. All ages. Positive attitudes. 5,500 also use Tok Pisin [tpi]. Also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%–15%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75% in Tok Pisin. 4 government vernacular primary schools. Grammar. Bible portions: 1996–2009.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].