Rawa

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Erawa, Erewa, Raua
Population

11,500 (1998 SIL), increasing. 7,000 Rawa and 4,500 Karo.

Location

Madang province. Rai Coast district (Karo dialect), Upper Ramu district (Rawa dialect); dialects on opposite sides of Finisterre Range.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Rawa, Karo.

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Due to migration, use of Tok Pisin [tpi] increasing. All domains with same dialect speaker. All ages. Positive attitudes. Some also use English [eng]. Also use Tok Pisin [tpi].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 20% (Rawa), below 10% (Karo). Literacy rate in L2: 10%–20% can read Tok Pisin [tpi]. Taught in primary schools. Poetry. Dictionary. NT: 1992–2001.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

People report Rawa and Karo dialects seem to be drifting apart. Christian, traditional religion.

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