5,000 (1991 SIL). L2 users: Some who intermarry with Teop.
Bougainville Province, Tinputz district, northeast.
5 (Developing). Statutory language of provincial identity in Bougainville Autonomous Region (2007, Education Plan, Section 1.1.3), not yet implemented (2012).
Coastal Teop, Kosina Mohina, Manava, Rausara (Rausiara), Taunita. Coastal Teop speakers understand other dialects, and vice versa. Coastal Teop is 84% cognate with Rausara, 73% with Taunita dialects.
SVO; 3 noun classes.
Some dislike borrowed words entering Teop. Daily life, village meetings, some in church, market. All ages. Positive attitudes. 90% also use Tok Pisin [tpi].
Latin script [Latn].