Ikobi

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Ikobi Kairi, Ikobi-Mena, Kasere, Kopo-Monia, Meni, Wailemi
Population

1,570 (2009 SIL).

Location

Gulf province: south of Kibirowi island, upper Omati and Middle Turama rivers’ areas.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Pimuru, Gorau, Utabi, Upper Turama-Kaser, Upper Kikori Kaser, Dukemi, Mena. Barikewa [jbk] and Mouwase [jmw] reportedly most similar. Mena variety may be a separate language (Wurm and Hattori 1981).

Language Use

All ages. Positive attitudes. Used as L2 by Minanibai [mcv].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 5%. Literacy rate in L2: Below 5%.
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