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Wa’ema

A language of Papua New Guinea

ISO 639-3wag

Population  1,020 (2000 census).
Region  Milne Bay Province, Alotau District, Huhu Local Government Area, Giligili Estates to Turnbull War Memorial, near Milne Bay head north to, but not crossing, East Cape coastal range.
Language map  Papua New Guinea, Map 17, reference number 809
Alternate names   Waiema
Dialects  Wa’ema seems a dialect chain with Taupota [tpa]. Tawala [tbo] not intelligible to Wa’ema. Lexical similarity: 76% with Taupota, 69% with Maiwala [mum], 54% with Tawala.
Classification  Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Western Oceanic, Papuan Tip, Nuclear, North Papuan Mainland-D’Entrecasteaux, Are-Taupota, Taupota
Language use  Also use Wedau [wed], Tawala, English, or Motu [meu].
Language development  1 primary school.
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