Gumawana

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Domdom, Gumasi, Gumasila
Population

470 (2000 census), increasing. No monolinguals.

Location

Milne Bay province: Esa’ala district, Amphlett Islands, about 25 islands north of Fergusson. 7 villages.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Kotoita, Nubogeta, Gumawana. Lexical similarity: 48% with Galeya [gar], 47% with Dobu [dob] (most similar).

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Negative attitudes. Also use Boselewa [bwf], Dobu [dob], Galeya [gar], Kilivila [kij], Maiadomu [mzz].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 90%. Literacy rate in L2: 75%. Tend not to read Gumawana or Dobu but increase in English use and literacy. Poetry. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1992–1999.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.