Dedua

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Population

6,500 (2000 census), increasing. No monolinguals above age 20. Ethnic population: 5,110 rural, 3,800 urban. 2 villages in Dedua area use Kâte [kmg] as L1.

Location

Morobe Province, Sialum district, Masaweng and Tewae rivers’ headwaters, south of Mount Besenona. 19 villages.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Dzeigoc, Fanic.

Typology

SOV

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. All over 20 years old use some Tok Pisin [tpi]. Some bilingual in Ono [ons] or Migabac [mpp].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 85%. Literacy rate in L2: 80%. Prep schools in 4 villages. Taught in primary schools. Poetry. NT: 2006.
Writing
Latin script.