A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Bonga, Garpunei

900 (2011 SIL).


Madang province: Bonga, Malalamai, and Yara villages; Rai coast east of Saidor.

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Language Status

6a* (Vigorous).

Language Use

Endangered (2000 D. Tryon). Under pressure from neighboring languages, such as Malasanga [mqz] and Tok Pisin [tpi], which the children prefer.


Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

People say Malalamai and Bonga names were given by the Australian administration. Bonga village is called Garingei by residents. Malalamai village residents call their village and language Garpunei. No residents could provide an agreed upon language name, though they agree it is the same language.

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