Sissano

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Sinama, Sinano, Sisano
Population

L1 users: 300 (Wurm 2000). In 1990, 4,780 speakers were reported and language use was vigorous. The 1998 tsunami almost completely annihilated the population. Number of surviving speakers unlikely to exceed a few hundred (Wurm 2007).

Location

Sandaun province: Aitape district, Sissano area.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

Seriously endangered (2000 S. Wurm).

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 15%–25%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Bible portions: 2011–2013.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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