Kapin

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Katumene, Sambio, Taiak, Tayek
Population

2,350 (1979 census).

Location

Morobe province: Bulolo and Mumeng districts; hills southwest of Mumeng, 5 villages; Lae and Wau settlements.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Kapin, Garawa (Gawawa). May be part of the Mumeng group of related varieties.

Typology

SVO; prepositions; genitives before nouns, adjectives, numerals, relatives after noun heads; V, CV, CVC, CVV, CVVC, CVCC, VC; nontonal.

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Also use English [eng], Kumalu [ksl], Tok Pisin [tpi].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: Possibly 10% are fluent readers, 25% halting.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion.

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