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Lost Languages of Papua New Guinea
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Lost Languages of Papua New Guinea

It has been reported that several languages previously known to be spoken in PNG have already been lost.

Thanks to the work of the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL *), the Australian national University and the University of Papua new Guinea's work on languages it can be said that the following languages have already died out.

Language
Region or Province
Comment
BINA Central Province In 2000 only two primary speakers.
REMA Morehead District, Western Province  
KANIET Anchorite and Kaniet Islands of Western Manus Province.  
ARIBWATSA Morobe Province No known speakers.
HERMIT Luf and Maron Island, in Hermit - Manus Province  
MULAHA Southeast of Gaire - Central Province  
OUMA Labu - Central Province  
URUAVA Southeastern coast of Bougainville  
KARAMI Inland border of Gulf and Western province  
YOBA North of Magori, Central Province Two non primary speakers

Information extracted from article by Dr. Steven Winduo - director of the Melanesian and Pacific studies (MAPS) School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Papua New Guinea.

 

 

* The Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) deals with over 285 of the PNG "tokples" languages.
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