A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Bure, Nabu, Naho, Nahu, Ndo

6,900 (2003 SIL).


Madang province: Finisterre mountains’ south slopes along Nahu and Bure rivers; north slopes along Kipuro and Kasang rivers; Morobe province: northwest Markham district.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


None known. Lexical similarity: 54% with Rawa [rwo].

Language Use

Very stable on the inland side of the Finisterres because of isolation. On the coastal side, with more cross-language interaction, there is much more admixture with Tok Pisin [tpi]. Home, church, community. Used by all. Positive attitudes. Many also use Tok Pisin [tpi].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L1: 10%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Vernacular preschools. Literature. Texts. NT: 2009.


Latin script [Latn].

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