Mouwase

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Population

450 (2011 SIL). Speakers of other languages live at some of the Mouwase villages, especially Omati, and this may have skewed population figures. Speakers are widely scattered in bush villages, hamlets and squatter settlements.

Location

Gulf province: Omati river.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

None known. Lexical similarity: 58% with Ikobi [meb].

Language Use

Home, legal, traditional events, prayer, sporting events. Used by all. Positive attitudes. Most also use Hiri Motu [hmo] (Bullock 2015), Tok Pisin [tpi] (Bullock 2015). Used as L2 by Minanibai [mcv].

Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

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