Lembena

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Lembena Pii, Nanimba Pii, Uyalipa Pii, Wapi Pii
Population

1,760 (2000 census), increasing. 750 monolinguals.

Location

Enga province: northeast; Sepik province: Eleme, Isataele, Itopeno, Madawesa, Mokosele, Pipitesa, Saut Mosope, and Yambaitoko villages.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. Some oral and written use in church, oral use in local commerce. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Enga [enq], English [eng], Tok Pisin [tpi].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 3%. Literacy rate in L2: Below 5%. 2% can write. No vernacular schools in area.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.

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