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Title:A Survey of the Tonda Sub-Group of Languages

This survey identifies the most suitable location for a language development team among 20 villages of the Tonda sub-group of languages spoken in the West Morehead area of Western Province, Papua New Guinea. The survey team used a questionnaire and an observation schedule to gather data on social network connections, perceived similarity of speech and language vitality. Social network connections were investigated by collecting data on the traditional practice of bride exchange which is widespread in this area.

The potential for a team to engage language communities in a multi-language development project was clearly shown by social network analysis which indicated that communities in the survey area are extremely well connected. In addition, the strength of these connections extends to the neighbouring language communities of Arammba and the Nambu sub-group, further increasing the potential of such a project. The village of Indorodoro was identified to be the most favourable location for such a language development team on the basis of social network analysis. These findings were reinforced by data which showed that vitality in this village was not a cause for concern and that geography and infrastructure also contributed to Indorodoro’s suitability.

Contributor (author):Grummitt, John
Masters, Janell
Date (W3CDTF):2012
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/48321
Extent:44 pages
Identifier (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/48321
Is Part Of:SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2012-018
Language (ISO639):eng
Publisher:SIL International
Subject:Blafe language
Rema language
Guntai language
Kunja language
Wára language
Language surveys
Subject (ISO639):bfh
Type (DCMI):Text


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Citation: Grummitt, John; Masters, Janell. 2012. SIL Electronic Survey Reports 2012-018.
Terms: area_Europe area_Pacific country_GB country_PG dcmi_Text iso639_bfh iso639_bow iso639_eng iso639_gnt iso639_pep iso639_tci

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Area: Pacific

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