- Languages of Papua New Guinea
The languages of
Papua New Guineatoday number about 820, [Ethnologue: [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_country.asp?name=PG Languages of Papua New Guinea] .] making it the most linguistically diverse place on earth. Its official languages are Tok Pisin, English and Hiri Motu. Tok Pisin, an English-based creole, is the most widely spoken, serving as the country's lingua franca.
Although it is an official language of Papua New Guinea, English is only spoken by 1–2% of the population.CIA World Factbook: [https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/pp.html Papua New Guinea] ]
The longest-established languages of Papua New Guinea are known as the
Outside of Papua New Guinea, Papuan languages are also spoken in the
Indonesia, East Timor, the Solomon Islands,
People speaking languages belonging to the Austronesian family arrived in New Guinea approximately 3,500 years ago.Fact|date=June 2007
The Austronesian languages are widely spread across the globe, as far west as Malagasy in
Madagascar, as far east as Rapa Nui on Easter Island, and as far as north as the Formosan languagesof Taiwan. Austronesian has several primary branches, all but one of which are found exclusively on Taiwan.
*cite book |author=Gordon, Raymond G., Jr. (ed.) |year=2005 |title=Ethnologue: Languages of the World |edition=Fifteenth edition |location=Dallas, Tex. |publisher=SIL International
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