Nehan

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Nihan, Nissan
Population

7,000 (Glennon 2014), increasing. 5,000 Uanuleik, 1,000 Sirouatan, and 1,000 Pinipel (Glennon 2014).

Location

Bougainville province: Nissan islands.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). Statutory language of provincial identity in Bougainville Autonomous Region (2007, Education Plan, Section 1.1.3), not yet implemented (2012).

Dialects

Uanuleik, Pinipel (Pinipin), Sirouatan. Not closely related to other languages. Lexical similarity: 83% between the main dialects (Glennon 2014).

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 25%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Taught in primary and secondary schools. Radio programs. TV. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2011.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Little acculturation. Christian.

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