Benabena

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Bena
Population

45,000 (2000 census).

Location

Eastern Highlands province: Goroka district.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Upper Bena, Middle Bena, Lower Bena.

Language Use

Some young people, all adults. All also use Tok Pisin [tpi]. Used as L2 by Wagama [abg].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L1: 10%–15%. Literacy rate in L2: 40%–50%. Grammar. NT: 1983.

Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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