Mubami

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Dausame, Ta, Tao-Suamato, Tao-Suame
Population

1,730 (2002 SIL).

Location

Northeast Western Province, middle and lower Wawoi river; Guavi and Aramia rivers, Parieme, Sogae, Diwami, Kubeai, Waliho, Paueme, and Ugu villages.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

None known. Limited mutual intelligibility of Foia Foia [ffi] and Hoyahoya [hhi]. Lexical similarity: 42% with Minanibai [mcv] (most similar).

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, cultural and social events, along with other languages. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Bamu [bcf], English [eng], Gogodala [ggw], Hiri Motu [hmo], Tok Pisin [tpi].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 5%. Literacy rate in L2: Below 5%. Taught in primary schools, the first 2 years.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.