Language of the Day for 24 March 2020


Somba-Siawari [bmu]

A language of
Papua New Guinea
Population Full
10,000 (2000 census). 5,500 Somba, 4,500 Siawari. 1,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 11,000.
5 (Developing).
Language Use
Vigorous. All domains. Used by all. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng], Kâte [kmg], Tok Pisin [tpi].
Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 80%. Literacy rate in L2: 80%–90%. 7,000 can read it, 6,000 can write it. 7 community schools. Taught in secondary schools. Dictionary. NT: 1996.