Language of the Day for 13 August 2017

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Baruga [bjz]

A language of
Papua New Guinea
Population
2,230 (2003 SIL), increasing. 800 Tafota, 990 Bareji, 440 Mado. 200 monolinguals.
Status
5 (Developing).
Language Use
Vigorous. Many non-Baruga wives of Baruga men learn it. All domains. Some in religious services. All ages. Positive attitudes. Some also use Hiri Motu [hmo], but this population is diminishing. Also use Ewage-Notu [nou], Korafe-Yegha [kpr], Tok Pisin [tpi]. Also use English [eng], especially for government communications.
Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 60%. Literacy rate in L2: 40%. 100% children, 45% women, 90% men. Prep to grade 2. Literature. Texts. Bible portions: 1995–2008.
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