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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Gapun
Population

75 (Wurm 2007). Ethnic population: 210 (2000 census).

Location

East Sepik province: Gapun village.

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Language Status

8a (Moribund).

Dialects

None known. Not closely related to any other language.

Typology

SOV; 2 gender classes (masculine, feminine/inanimate); verb affixes mark person, number and gender of subject and object; no tenses; 3 moods (realis, irrealis, hypothetical); 15 consonants and 6 vowels.

Language Use

Endangered or seriously endangered (2000 S. Wurm). Older adults only. All also use Tok Pisin [tpi].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L1: Below 5%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%.

Other Comments

Taiap is the language, Gapun the village.

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