Maisin

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Maisan
Population

2,610 (2000 census). 600 in Kosirava dialect.

Location

Oro (formerly Northern) Province, Ijivitari district, Collingwood bay and Kosirava swamp coast villages.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Kosirava, Maisin. No closely related languages. Lexical similarity: 73% among dialects, but little interaction between users.

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng], Korafe-Yegha [kpr], Ubir [ubr].

Language Development
Literacy varies from 20%–80%. Taught in primary schools. Bible portions: 2004.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].