Tawala

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Tavara, Tawara
Population

20,000 (2000 census).

Location

Milne Bay Province, Alotau district, Awaiama to East Cape, Milne Bay north and south shores, Sideia and Basilaki islands.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Awayama (Awaiama, Awalama), Bohilai (Basilaki, Bohira’i), Diwinai (Divinai), Huhuna, Kehelala (East Cape, Keherara), Labe (Rabe), Lelehudi, Sideya (Sideia), Yaleba (Ealeba, Gwavili, Gwawili, Wagawaga).

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

40% monolingual. Also use Dobu [dob], English [eng], Hiri Motu [hmo], Suau [swp], Wedau [wed]. Used as L2 by Buhutu [bxh], Bwanabwana [tte], Haigwai [hgw], Maiwala [mum], Taupota [tpa], Wa’ema [wag], Wagawaga [wgb].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 50%–75%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Grammar. NT: 1985.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].