Amto

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Population

300 (2006 NTM).

Location

Sandaun province: Amanab and Rocky Peak districts, Amto, Amu and Habiyon villages south of Upper Sepik river, toward Left May river headwaters on Samaia river.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Amto, Siawi.

Typology

SOV; postpositions, genitives before noun heads; adjectives after noun heads; relatives without noun heads; question word final; maximum prefixes: 1, maximum suffixes: 3, causatives, comparatives; CV, CVV, CVVV, CCV, CCCV, nontonal.

Language Use

All ages. Also use Siawi [mmp], Tok Pisin [tpi]. Used as L2 by Siawi [mmp].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 30% in Tok Pisin [tpi].
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.