Yagwoia

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Kokwaiyakwa, Yeghuye
Population

10,000 (2005 R. Westerveld). 1,500 Iwalaqamalje, 1,500 Gwase, 7,000 Hiqwaye, Hiqwase, Yeqwangilje.

Location

Morobe Province, Hiqwaye, Hiqwase, and Yeqwangilje; Gulf Province, Gwase; Eastern Highlands Province, Iqwalaqamalje.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Gwase, Hiqwase, Hiqwaye, Iwalaqamalje, Yeqwangilje. Reportedly similar to Chimbari [smb], Hamtai [hmt], Baruya [byr], and Menya [mcr] (most similar).

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

All domains. Also use Tok Pisin [tpi] as trade language with outsiders. Used as L2 by Kawacha [kcb].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5% among Iwalaqamalje. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15% in Tok Pisin. NT: 2009.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

5 ethnic groups: Iwalaqamalje, Hiqwaye, Hiqwase, Gwase, Heqwangilye. Christian.