Ramoaaina

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Duke of York, Ramuaina
Population

10,300 (2000 census), increasing.

Location

East New Britain Province, Kokopo district, Duke of York Islands.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Aalawa (Aalawaa, Alawa, Mioko, South Islands, Ulu), Makada, Molot (Main Island). Makada dialect very different, possibly not intelligible to speakers of other dialects.

Typology

SVO

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Most also use Tok Pisin [tpi]. Older adults also use Kuanua [ksd] (Tolai); youth also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 70%. Literacy rate in L2: 75%–90%. Most adults can read it, 10% can write it. Taught in primary schools. Videos. NT: 2007.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.