Tairuma

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Kerema, Tairuma’a, Uaripi
Population

4,500 (2004 SIL), increasing.

Location

Gulf Province, Uaripi and villages near Kerema.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Home, social events, cultural events, religious services. All ages. Also use English [eng], Hiri Motu [hmo], Orokolo [oro], Toaripi [tqo], Tok Pisin [tpi].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 5%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15% (SIL). Overall literacy rate: 62% (2000 census). Taught in primary schools.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 2002.

Other Comments

Christian.