Onobasulu

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Onabasulu
Population

1,200, all users. L1 users: 1,000 (2010 SIL). L2 users: 200. 500 monolinguals.

Location

Southern Highlands province: midway between Mount Sisa and Mount Bosavi.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. Oral and written use in preschool and adult literacy. Some young people, all adults. 75% under 25 years of age. Positive attitudes. Also use Edolo [etr], English [eng], Huli [hui], Kaluli [bco], Tok Pisin [tpi]. Used as L2 by Edolo [etr].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L1: 43%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. 300 can read it, 200 can write it. Bible portions: 1996–2012.

Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.

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