Lihir

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Lir
Population

12,600 (2000 census), increasing.

Location

New Ireland province: Lihir and 3 smaller islands.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Language Use

Home, school, church, community. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Tok Pisin [tpi], increasingly, due to foreign workers at Lihir gold mining company.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 80%. Literacy rate in L2: 95%. Taught in primary schools. Literature.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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