Wa’ema

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Waiema
Population

1,020 (2000 census).

Location

Milne Bay Province, Alotau district, Huhu local government area, Giligili estates to Turnbull war memorial, Milne Bay area north up to East Cape coastal range.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Wa’ema seems to be part of a chain of related varieties with Taupota [tpa]. Tawala [tbo] not intelligible to Wa’ema. Lexical similarity: 76% with Taupota [tpa], 69% with Maiwala [mum], 54% with Tawala [tbo].

Language Use

Also use Wedau [wed], Tawala [tbo], English [eng], or Motu [meu].

Language Development
1 primary school.