Gapapaiwa

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Gapa, Manape, Paiwa
Population

3,000 (2007 SIL), increasing.

Location

Milne Bay Province, Makamaka district, Cape Vogel south coast, inland on Ruaba river.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

East Gapa, West Paiwa. Lexical similarity: 73% with Ghayavi [bmk] (Boanaki dialect most similar).

Typology

SOV; CV.

Language Use

All domains except with outsiders, some church services. All ages. Positive attitudes. Very old adults use Wedau [wed]. Also use English [eng]. Used as L2 by Dima [jma], Ghayavi [bmk].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 80%. Literacy rate in L2: 80% in English. Taught in primary schools. Poetry. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2009.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

A number of well-educated people.