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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Walsa
Population

2,500 in Papua New Guinea, increasing. Population total all countries: 4,000.

Location

Sandaun Province, Amanab district, Wasengla area. Also in Indonesia.

Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Intelligible at Imponda but not Amanab. Similar to Imonda [imn] and Amanab [amn].

Typology

SOV

Language Use

Vigorous. Most domains. All ages. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 15%–20%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%. Taught in primary schools, in many villages. Poetry. Dictionary. NT: 2003.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Different from Waritai [wbe] or Wares [wai] of Indonesia. Christian.

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