Bamu

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Bamu Kiwai
Population

6,310 (2000 census). 960 Gama.

Location

Gulf province: Turama river mouth south bank; Western province: Bamu river from mouth to confluence of Wawoi and Guavi rivers, lower Wawoi, Guavi and Gama rivers, Sagero creek to its mouth at Fly river.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Gama, Lower Bamu, Sisiame, Upper Bamu (Middle Bamu), Nuhiro. Gama dialect may be a separate language. Closely related to Kiwai; less closely to Waboda [kmx]. Lexical similarity: less than 80% with Gama and Lower Bamu, the most similar other Bamu dialect.

Language Use

All ages. Used as L2 by Foia Foia [ffi], Hoyahoya [hhy], Mubami [tsx], Tabo [knv].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%–10%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. Taught in primary schools. No. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1952–2007.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].