Kove

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Population

8,000 (2015 SIL), decreasing.

Location

West New Britain province: northwest coast. 24 villages, most on small coastal islands.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

East Kove, Central Kove, West Kove.

Language Use

Some young people, all adults. Mixed attitudes, from negative to neutral. All also use Tok Pisin [tpi], especially young people and adults (Sato 2013). Some also use English [eng] (Sato 2013). Used as L2 by Anem [anz].

Language Development

Grammar.

Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Separate from Lusi [khl]. Many highly educated people.

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