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Susuami
Native toPapua New Guinea
RegionUpper Watut valley, Morobe Province
Native speakers
10 (2000)[1]
Trans–New Guinea
Language codes
ISO 639-3ssu
Glottologsusu1251
ELPSusuami
Lang Status 20-CR.png
Susuami is classified as Critically Endangered by the UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger
Coordinates: 7°12′13″S 146°32′25″E / 7.203594°S 146.540389°E / -7.203594; 146.540389 (Manki)Coordinates: 7°12′13″S 146°32′25″E / 7.203594°S 146.540389°E / -7.203594; 146.540389 (Manki)

The Susuami language is a heavily endangered Papuan language, spoken in the resettlement village of Manki (7°12′13″S 146°32′25″E / 7.203594°S 146.540389°E / -7.203594; 146.540389 (Manki)) along the upper Watut River, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea.

Demographics

In 1980, it was estimated at 50 speakers, and faced competition from the several other languages spoken in the village, including distantly-related Hamtai and Angaataha, as well as the usual use of Tok Pisin with outsiders.

In 1990, there are about a dozen speakers, and children were not learning the language, including the child of the only couple in the village who were both native speakers. Its continued survival is unlikely.

References

  1. ^ Susuami at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)