Suau

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Iou
Population

6,800 (Wurm and Hattori 1981). 10% monolingual.

Location

Milne Bay Province, southeasternmost Papua mainland.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Bona Bona, Bonarua, Dahuni, Lausaha (Daui, Fife Bay), Leileiafa, Sinaki (Gadaisu, Gaidasu), Suau.

Language Use

Lingua franca of 14,000 in south coast areas.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: high. NT: 1956–1962.
Writing
Latin script.