Saniyo-Hiyewe

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Population

1,300 (2000 census).

Location

East Sepik Province, Ambunti district, Wogamus river basin foothills. Saniyo dialect: Pukapuki, Sio, Hanasi, Salunapi, and Malapute’e villages; Hiyowe dialect: Maposi village.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Hiyowe (Hiowe), Saniyo (Sanio). Reportedly similar to the Meiyari dialect of Niksek [gbe].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Used as L2 by Yawiyo [ybx].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%–15%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. NT: 2005.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Semi-nomadic.