Urat

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Population

6,280 (2003 SIL), decreasing. 2,480 in Wasep Ngau, 2,060 in Wusyep Yihre, 1,210 in Wasep Yam, and 550 in Wusyep Tep.

Location

East Sepik Province, Dreikikir district, southwest of Wom, south of Kombio. 20 villages, several hamlets.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Wasep Ngau (North Urat), Wasep Yam (South Urat), Wusyep Tep (East Urat), Wusyep Yihre (Central Urat).

Language Use

Children understand; youth rarely speak Urat. All domains for the elderly. All age groups: to hide comments from outsiders, e.g. in disputes or accusations. Mainly adults. Neutral attitudes. Also use Tok Pisin [tpi] in all domains.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 40%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50% Tok Pisin. Poetry. Bible portions: 1993.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Christian.