Yagwoia

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Alternate Names
Gwase, Hiqwase, Hiqwaye, Iwalaqamalhe, Kokwaiyakwa, Yeghuye, Yeqwangilje
Population

10,000 (2005 R. Westerveld). 1,500 Iwalaqamalje, 1,500 Gwase, 7,000 Hiqwaye, Hiqwase, Yeqwangilje.

Location

Eastern Highlands province: Iqwalaqamalje; Gulf province: Gwase; Morobe province: Hiqwase, Hiqwaye, and Yeqwangilje.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Iwalaqamalje, Gwase, Hiqwaye, Hiqwase, Yeqwangilje. Reportedly similar to Chimbari [smb], Hamtai [hmt], Baruya [byr], and Menya [mcr] (most similar).

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

All domains. Also use Tok Pisin [tpi]. Used as L2 by Kawacha [kcb].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5% among Iwalaqamalje. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15% in Tok Pisin [tpi]. NT: 2009.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

5 ethnic groups: Iwalaqamalje, Hiqwaye, Hiqwase, Gwase, Heqwangilye. Christian.

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