Mutu

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Saveeng, Sisi, Tuam, Tuam-Mutu, Tuom
Population

3,500 (2007 SIL), increasing. Only older adults are monolingual. Ethnic population: 3,500.

Location

Morobe province: south of Umboi island, Aramot, Aronai, Malai, Mandok, Mutu Malau, Siassi islands, and Tuam; Yaga village on Umboi Island.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Oov/Mutu, Tuam, Malai.

Typology

SVO; prepositions.

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, market, church. All ages. Positive attitudes. Most also use Tok Pisin [tpi]. Also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 25%. Literacy rate in L2: 35%–50% in Tok Pisin [tpi], 20%–30% in English [eng]. Increasing. Taught in primary schools. Poetry. NT: 2011.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.