Ninggerum

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Kasiwa, Kativa, Ningerum, Ninggirum, Ninggrum, Niyium, Obgwo, Tedi, Tidi
Population

5,150 in Papua New Guinea (2000 census). 2,060 monolinguals. Total users in all countries: 6,150.

Location

Western province: between Ok Birim and Ok Tedi rivers, east of Ok Tedi to main road linking Kiunga and Tabubil, and north to the main mountain range.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Kasuwa, Daupka.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Many also use Tok Pisin [tpi]. Some also use Hiri Motu [hmo]. A few also use English [eng]. Also use Faiwol [fai], Telefol [tlf], Yongkom [yon].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. Taught in primary schools.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

About half the population died 1950–1975 from western diseases. Traditional religion, Christian.

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