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Title:A Sociolinguistic Survey of Ambul

The SIL-PNG survey team conducted a sociolinguistic survey of the Ambul [apo] language, spoken in West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, from 22–25 October 2009. Ambul is listed as Apalik [apo] in the sixteenth edition of the Ethnologue (Lewis 2009) and belongs to the West Arawe sub-group of Austronesian languages. The goals of the survey were to determine language and dialect boundaries and evaluate language vitality. Data was collected through individual and group interviews, wordlist elicitation and observation of language use in each village in the language area.

The Ambul language is spoken by approximately 1,600 people in four villages located on small islands off the south coast of New Britain Island, and can be divided into two dialects, based on reported data. Ethnolinguistic vitality in the Ambul language is currently high. Although some use of Tok Pisin was reported in all the domains that were investigated, Ambul is the primary language used by people of all ages in the language area.

Contributor (author):Van Cott, Sara
Spencer, Juliann
MacKenzie, Bonnie
Date (W3CDTF):2011
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/43237
Extent:90 pages
Identifier (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/43237
Is Part Of:SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2011-050
Language (ISO639):eng
Publisher:SIL International
Subject:Ambul language
Language surveys; Sociolinguistic survey
Subject (ISO639):apo
Type (DCMI):Text


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Citation: Van Cott, Sara; Spencer, Juliann; MacKenzie, Bonnie. 2011. SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2011-050.
Terms: area_Europe area_Pacific country_GB country_PG dcmi_Text iso639_apo iso639_eng

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Area: Pacific

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