Yele

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Rossel, Yela, Yelejong, Yeletnye, Yelidnye
Population

3,750 (1998 Rossel Health Centres). 400 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 3,750 (1998).

Location

Milne Bay Province, Misima district, Rossel island at Calvados chain east end; 500 in Port Moresby and Alotau.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Abaletti, Bou, Daminyu, Jaru, Jinjo, Wulanga. Lexical similarity: 8% with Daga [dgz] (most similar).

Typology

SOV; postpositions.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng], Misima-Panaeati [mpx].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 29%. Literacy rate in L2: 75%–100%. 1,100 can read, 450 can write. Taught in primary schools. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1987–1997.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.