Pouye

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Bouye
Population

960 (2003 SIL), increasing.

Location

Sandaun province: Lumi, East and West Wapei districts. 7 villages: Bulawa, Kiliauto, Komtin, Maurom, Wokien, Wulme, Yukilau.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. Lexical similarity: 67% with Karawa [xrw].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. Used by all. Also use Tok Pisin [tpi], especially men, boys, and a few women.

Language Development

Literacy rate in L1: 5%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–20% in Tok Pisin [tpi]. Bible portions: 1995–2007.

Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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