List of endangered languages in Papua New Guinea

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An endangered language is a language that it is at risk of falling out of use, generally because it has few surviving speakers. If it loses all of its native speakers, it becomes an extinct language. UNESCO defines four levels of language endangerment between "safe" (not endangered) and "extinct":[1]

  • Vulnerable
  • Definitely endangered
  • Severely endangered
  • Critically endangered
Language Speakers Status Comments Ref
Abaga language[1]   Critically endangered    
Ainbai language[1]   Severely endangered    
Ak language[1]   Severely endangered    
Anuki language[1]   Definitely endangered    
Arawun language[1]   Severely endangered    
Ari language[1]   Severely endangered    
Atemble language[1]   Definitely endangered    
Bagupi language[1]   Definitely endangered    
Bepour language[1]   Severely endangered    
Bikaru language[1]   Severely endangered    
Bilakura language[1]   Critically endangered    
Bosilewa language[1]   Vulnerable    
Bothar language[1]   Severely endangered    
Budibud language[1]   Vulnerable    
Bukiyip language[1]   Vulnerable    
Bulgebi language[1]   Definitely endangered    
Bumbita Arapesh language[1]   Vulnerable    
Dengalu language[1]   Definitely endangered    
Doga language[1]   Definitely endangered    
Dorro language[1]   Severely endangered    
Dumun language[1]   Critically endangered    
Duwet language[1]   Vulnerable    
Faita language[1]   Severely endangered    
Garuwahi language[1]   Definitely endangered    
Gorovu language[1]   Severely endangered    
Grass Koiari language[1]   Vulnerable    
Guranalum language[1]   Critically endangered    
Hermit language[1]   Critically endangered    
Iteri language[1]   Severely endangered    
Kaiep language[1]   Vulnerable    
Kaki Ae language[1]   Vulnerable    
Kalamo language[1]   Severely endangered    
Kamasa language[1]   Critically endangered    
Kandas language[1]   Vulnerable    
Kaningara language[1]   Vulnerable    
Karore language[1]   Vulnerable    
Kawucha language[1]   Critically endangered    
Koitabu language[1]   Vulnerable    
Kowaki language[1]   Critically endangered    
Kuot language[1]   Vulnerable    
Laua language[1]   Critically endangered    
Laxudumau language[1]   Vulnerable    
Likum language Likum[1]   Definitely endangered    
Magori language[1]   Vulnerable    
Makolkol language[1]   Critically endangered    
Mari language[1]   Severely endangered    
Mawak language[1]   Critically endangered    
Mindiri language[1]   Severely endangered    
Moere language[1]   Severely endangered    
Mosimo language[1]   Severely endangered    
Murik language[1]   Vulnerable    
Musan language[1]   Severely endangered    
Musom language[1]   Definitely endangered    
Mussau-Emira language[1]   Definitely endangered    
Mwatebu language[1]   Definitely endangered    
Nafi language[1]   Severely endangered    
Nauna language[1]   Vulnerable    
Numbami language[1]   Vulnerable    
Onjab language[1]   Vulnerable    
Ouma language[1]   Critically endangered    
Papapana language[1]   Definitely endangered    
Papi language[1]   Severely endangered    
Piame language[1]   Severely endangered    
Piu language[1]   Definitely endangered    
Puari language[1]   Critically endangered    
Samosa language[1]   Severely endangered    
Sene language[1]   Critically endangered    
Sengseng language[1]   Vulnerable    
Sepa language, Schouten languages[1]   Vulnerable    
Sera language, [1]   Severely endangered    
Sissano language[1]   Critically endangered    
Somm language[1]   Definitely endangered    
Suarmin language[1]   Definitely endangered    
Sumariup language[1]   Severely endangered    
Susuami language[1]   Critically endangered    
Taap language[1]   Critically endangered    
Taiap language[1]   Severely endangered    
Taulil language[1]   Vulnerable    
Tench language[1]   Critically endangered    
Turaka language[1]   Critically endangered    
Usu language[1]   Severely endangered    
Vehes language[1]   Severely endangered    
Wab language[1]   Vulnerable    
Warapu language[1]   Severely endangered    
Yapunda language[1]   Severely endangered    
Yarawata language[1]   Severely endangered    
Yarawi language[1]   Critically endangered    
Yimas language[1]   Severely endangered    

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu bv bw bx by bz ca cb cc cd ce cf cg ch ci cj ck Moseley, Christopher, ed. (2010). Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger. Memory of Peoples (3rd ed.). Paris: UNESCO Publishing. ISBN 978-92-3-104096-2. Retrieved 2015-04-11.