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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Majugan
Population

2,000 (1975 SIL).

Location

Bougainville Province, Buka Passage district, Petats, Pororan, and Hitau islands off Buka island west coast.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).

Dialects

Hitau-Pororan, Matsungan, Sumoun. Sumoun [pex] may be a dialect.

Language Use

8,000 L2 speakers (Voegelin and Voegelin 1977).

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 75%–100%. Literacy rate in L2: 75%–100%. Radio programs. Bible portions: 1934–1978.
Writing
Latin script.