Wedau

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Wedaun, Wedawan
Population

2,200 (2000 D. Tryon). 900 monolinguals.

Location

Milne Bay Province, Rabaraba district, Weraura local government area, mainland from Kuvira Bay to Dogura along north coast.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Kwamana, Lavora, Topura, Yapoa.

Language Use

Understood some in Oro Province. All domains. All ages. 80% also use English [eng]. Used as L2 by Dawawa [dww], Gapapaiwa [pwg], Ghayavi [bmk], Gweda [grw], Haigwai [hgw], Kakabai [kqf], Taupota [tpa], Tawala [tbo], Wa’ema [wag].

Language Development
Taught in primary and secondary schools. Poetry. New media. Dictionary. NT: 1927–1980.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.