Bwanabwana

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Tubetube
Population

2,400 (2007 SIL), increasing. 720 monolinguals.

Location

Milne Bay Province, Bwanabwana district, Engineer islands, Laseinie islands, Ware island, Kitai island; southeast Basilaki island, some villages.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Anagusa, Kitai, Koyagaugau, Kwalaiwa, Naluwaluwali, Ole, Tewatewa, Wale (Ware, Wari). Lexical similarity: 52% with Duau [dva] (most similar).

Language Use

Important language at trade route center. Positive attitudes. Also use Dobu [dob], Duau [dva], Misima-Panaeati [mpx], Suau [swp], Tawala [tbo].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 50%–60%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Taught in primary schools. Poetry. Dictionary. NT: 2004.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.