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Wedau

A language of Papua New Guinea

ISO 639-3wed

Population  2,200 (2000 D. Tryon). 900 monolinguals.
Region  Milne Bay Province, Rabaraba District, Weraura Local Government Area, mainland from Kuvira Bay to Dogura along north coast.
Language map  Papua New Guinea, Map 17, reference number 804
Alternate names   Wedaun, Wedawan
Dialects  Topura, Yapoa, Lavora, Kwamana.
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  Trade language of northeast Papua. Lingua franca for 5,000 (1985 UBS). Understood some in Oro Province.
Language development  NT: 1927–1980.
Writing system  Latin script.
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