Ramoaaina

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Duke of York, Ramuaina
Population

L1 users: 10,300 (2000 census), increasing.

Location

East New Britain province: Kokopo district, Duke of York Islands.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Makada, Molot (Main Island), Aalawa (Aalawaa, Alawa, Mioko, South Islands, Ulu). Makada dialect very different, possibly not intelligible to speakers of other dialects.

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Tok Pisin [tpi]. Also use English [eng], especially youth. Also use Kuanua [ksd], especially older adults. Used as L2 by Kandas [kqw].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 70%. Literacy rate in L2: 75%–90%. Most adults can read it, 10% can write it. Taught in primary schools. Literature. Videos. NT: 2007.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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