Abadi

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Gabadi, Kabadi
Population

2,900 (Kassell 2011), increasing.

Location

Central Province, Kairuku district, 5 main villages.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. Lexical similarity: 53% with Toura [don], 47% with Lala [nrz] (Kassell and Potter 2011).

Typology

SOV; 16 consonants and 7 vowels.

Language Use

All ages. Positive attitudes. Those over 50 use Hiri Motu [hmo]. 90% also use Tok Pisin [tpi]. Youth increasingly use Tok Pisin. Used as L2 by Toura [don].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 75%. Literacy rate in L2: 40%. Used in primary education first 3 years. Poetry. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Gabadi is the Motu name.