Kaninuwa

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Kaokao, Wataluma
Population

360 (2001). 40 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 510.

Location

Milne Bay Province, Sivesive village and 1 other; 2 villages north of Goodenough island.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

None known. Lexical similarity: 51% with Iduna [viv] (most similar).

Language Use

Potentially endangered (2000 D. Tryon). Most domains. All ages. Also use Bwaidoka [bwd], Hiri Motu [hmo], Iduna [viv].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: High. Highly literate in English.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Glossonym: Kaokao, by others on Goodenough Island; Wataluma, in adjacent mission station name.