Saniyo-Hiyewe

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Sanio-Hiowe
Population

1,300 (2000 census).

Location

East Sepik province: Ambunti district, Wogamus river basin foothills; Sandaun province: Telefomin district, southeast of Wano river; Hiyowe dialect: Maposi village; Saniyo dialect: Hanasi, Malapute’e, Pukapuki, Salunapi, and Sio villages.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Saniyo (Sanio), Hiyowe (Hiowe). Reportedly similar to the Meiyari dialect of Niksek [gbe].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Used as L2 by Yawiyo [ybx].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%–15%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. NT: 2005.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Semi-nomadic.

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