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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Kalp, Kurom, Tayon, Wan
Population

3,740 (2003 SIL). 40 monolinguals.

Location

East Sepik province: Maprik subdistrict; Sandaun province: Nuku subdistrict, southwest of Kombio. 16 villages.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Kukwo (Kalpm), Yangkolen. Yangkolen and Kukwo dialects are 95% lexically similar. Lexical similarity: 8% with Kombio [xbi], 12% with Urat [urt], 2% with Kwanga [kwj], and 15% with Aiku [ymo].

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

All also use Tok Pisin [tpi].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 25%–50%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Poetry. Films. Videos. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1981–2003.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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