Gapapaiwa

Authored by: Catherine McGuckin

The Oceanic Languages

Print publication date:  December  2001
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780700711284
eBook ISBN: 9780203820384
Adobe ISBN: 9781136749858

10.4324/9780203820384.ch14

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Abstract

Gapapaiwa is a member of the Are-Taupota chain of the Papuan Tip cluster of the Western Oceanic linkage. The language is spoken by approximately 3000 people living in Milne Bay Province in southeastern Papua New Guinea. They occupy about twelve villages and numerous small hamlets on the south coast of the Cape Vogel peninsula, facing Goodenough Bay. There are two dialects, Gapa and Paiwa. The Gapa live in the east and the Paiwa in the west, with the Awitapu River as the dividing line. The differences between the two dialects are slight: 93% of the lexical items on SIL's standard survey word list are exactly the same. The grammar is consistent throughout.

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