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

Northeast Enga Province, into East Sepik Province, Eleme, Yambaitoko, Saut Isataele, Mosope, Itopeno, Pipitesa, Madawesa, and Mokosele 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.