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Awara

A language of Papua New Guinea

ISO 639-3awx

Population  1,870 (2007 census), increasing. 35% monolingual. Ethnic population: 1,865.
Region  Morobe Province, Lae District, near the Wantoat.
Language map  Papua New Guinea, Map 10, reference number 481
Dialects  Some dialect variation within Awara. Wantoat [wnc], Wapu dialect of Wantoat, and Awara are part of a language chain, with Awara at the western end. Lexical similarity: 60%–70% with Wantoat [wnc] and Wapu dialect of Wantoat.
Classification  Trans-New Guinea, Finisterre-Huon, Finisterre, Wantoat
Language use  Vigorous. All except community school. All ages. Positive attitude. Also use Tok Pisin [tpi]. Few also use Wantoat.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 30%. Children’s literacy schools.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  SOV. Swidden agriculturalists: coffee.