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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Poeng
Population

8,400 (1982 SIL).

Location

East New Britain province: Pomio district, Jacquinot bay and inland, 20 villages; West New Britain province: Talasea district, coast, Bismark Sea.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

North Coast Mengen (Maeng, Maenge, Orford), South Coast Mengen (Poeng), Bush Mengen (Inland Mengen, Longueinga). Some linguists separate Poeng (South Coast Mengen and Bush Mengen) and Maeng (North Coast Mengen) into 2 languages.

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

All domains. Used by all. All also use Tok Pisin [tpi]. Used as L2 by Meramera [mxm].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%–15%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. NT: 2003.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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