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Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Language Stats

Definitions

  • Languages: A rank ordering of languages starting with the largest and sometimes includes the percent of total population speaking that language.
  • Languages > Note: This entry provides a rank ordering of languages starting with the largest and sometimes includes the percent of total population speaking that language.
  • Linguistic diversity index: LDI.
  • Major language(s): Country major languages.
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
English status Official language. Used in schools. Bible 1535-1989. 1989
Languages Melanesian Pidgin serves as the lingua franca, English spoken by 1%-2%, Motu spoken in Papua region; note: 820 indigenous languages spoken (over one-tenth of the world's total) 2008
Languages > A note 715 indigenous languages 2003
Languages > Note 820 indigenous languages spoken (over one-tenth of the world's total) 2011
Linguistic diversity index 0.99 2009 1st out of 200
Major language(s) English, Tok Pisin, Hiri Motu 2013

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