Suau

Print

A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Iou
Population

6,800 (Wurm and Hattori 1981). L2 users: 14,000. 680 monolinguals.

Location

Milne Bay province: southeasternmost Papua mainland.

Language Maps
Language Status

3 (Wider communication). A lingua franca around the south-eastern tip of Papua New Guinea.

Dialects

Sinaki (Gadaisu, Gaidasu), Leileiafa, Bona Bona, Dahuni, Suau, Bonarua, Lausaha (Daui, Fife Bay).

Language Use

Also use Buhutu [bxh]. Used as L2 by Bauwaki [bwk], Binahari [bxz], Buhutu [bxh], Bwanabwana [tte], Domu [dof], Haigwai [hgw], Magori [zgr], Maiwala [mum], Morawa [mze], Saliba [sbe], Tawala [tbo], Wagawaga [wgb], Yaleba [ylb].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: High. NT: 1956–1962.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Page Views Left: