Yambes

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A language of Papua New Guinea

Population

1,080 (2003 SIL), decreasing. No monolinguals.

Location

East Sepik province: Dreikikkir district, east and southeast of Kombio, northwest of Wom. 4 villages.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

West Yambes, East Yambes. Language combines features and vocabulary of Kombio [xbi], Urat [urt], and Wom [wmo]; some understanding of all 3.

Language Use

Language loss concerns adults. Some young people, all adults. Most also use Tok Pisin [tpi].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L1: Below 5%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%.

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