Saliba

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Population

2,500 (2007 SIL), increasing. No monolinguals. Young children, elderly.

Location

Milne Bay province: China strait, Rogeia and Sariba islands, mainland across from Rogeia island.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Saliba, Loga. Distinct from Suau [swp].

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng], Suau [swp], Tok Pisin [tpi].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 87%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%. Taught in primary schools, up to Grade 2. Poetry. Grammar. Bible portions: 2007.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.