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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Biaka
Population

L1 users: 750 (2010 SIL).

Location

Sandaun province: Amanab district, southeast of Angor [agg] language area. 3 large villages.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Amini. Lexical similarity: 20% with nearby Kwomtari [kwo] based on 100 basic words; grammar vastly different in major features such as medial verbs and relative clauses.

Language Use

All children, except those in Amini, learn Nai first; vitality in Amini in decline. All domains. All ages. Also use Tok Pisin [tpi].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 50%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. Literature. Dictionary. Texts. Bible portions: 2004.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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