Urim

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Kalp, Kurom, Tayon, Wan
Population

3,740 (2003 SIL). 40 monolinguals.

Location

East Sepik Province, Maprik subdistrict, into Sandaun Province, Nuku subdistrict, southwest of Kombio. 16 villages.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Kukwo (Kalpm), Yangkolen. Yangkolen and Kukwo dialects are 95% lexically similar. Lexical similarity: 8% with Kombio [xbi], 12% with Urat [urt], 2% with Kwanga [kwj], and 15% with Aiku [ymo].

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

98% also use Tok Pisin [tpi]. In language border areas many are trilingual (neighboring language, Tok Pisin, and Urim).

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 25%–50%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Poetry. Films. Videos. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1981–2003.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.