Wagawaga

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Baeaula, Beauli, Ealeba, Gamadoudou, Gibara, Kilikilana
Population

600 (2000 census). No monolinguals.

Location

Milne Bay province: Upper and Lower Dawadawa wards, along Tawala river and east of Wagawaga village, in the middle of Tawala [tbo] language area.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Gamadoudou. Reportedly similar to Yaleba [ylb]. Lexical similarity: 61% with Oya’oya [oyy], 31% with Tawala [tbo], 55% with Buhutu [bxh].

Language Use

Also use Buhutu [bxh], Hiri Motu [hmo], Suau [swp], Tawala [tbo].

Language Development
2 schools.
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].