Maiwa

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Population

1,400 (1998 SIL), increasing.

Location

Milne Bay Province, Rabaraba district, Meneao range area; Moi Biri bay coast, into Oro Province.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Gairen, Gwareta, Maiwa, Manigara, Oren. Lexical similarity: 41% with Mapena [mnm].

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains, except church and education. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng], Hiri Motu [hmo]. Used as L2 by Dima [jma].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 50%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%. Taught in primary schools. Grammar. NT: 2012.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.