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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Amale
Autonym
Amele
Population

L1 users: 5,300 (1987 SIL).

Location

Madang province: Madang district, hills up from Astrolabe bay, between Gum and Gogol rivers. 40 hamlets.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Huar, Jagahala, Haija. Related to Gumalu [gmu], Sihan [snr], Isebe [igo], Bau [bbd], and Panim [pnr].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Some villages markedly shifting to Tok Pisin [tpi], especially those with more access to Madang town. Mainly adults and older. All also use Tok Pisin [tpi].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 75%–100%. Literacy rate in L2: 75%–100%. Grammar. NT: 1997.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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