Lungalunga

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Minigir, Tavue, Vinitiri
Population

600 (2000). Ethnic population: 1,500.

Location

East New Britain Province, Gazelle peninsula, Ataliklikun bay, Lungalunga and Vunamarita villages.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Language Use

Not endangered (2000 D. Tryon). Most domains. All ages.

Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 2002.

Other Comments

Although the language name, Lungalunga, was derived from Tok Pisin [tpi] ‘longlong’ meaning ‘crazy’, there is unanimous agreement within the community that this is the widely recognized language name, even though they prefer the name Tavue, meaning ‘brother’.