Bieria

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A language of Vanuatu

Alternate Names
Bieri, Vovo, Wowo
Population

70 (Early 2006), decreasing. Ethnic population: 100.

Location

Shefa province: south Epi, between Maii [mmm] and Lewo [lmu] language areas.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Bieria, Vovo (Wowo). Wurm and Hattori (1981) treat Bieria and Vovo as separate languages.

Language Use

Some domains. Adults only. No one under 20 regarded as a good speaker (2007 R. Early). Positive attitudes. Desire for maintenance and revival. Also use Baki [bki], but use as L2 is declining.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 40%. Bible portions: 1898.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.

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