Language of the Day: Marangis

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We find ourselves in a place whose shores are lapped by the waters of the Bismarck Sea and whose mountains stretch up into the clouds some of which have the potential to erupt shooting fire and ash into the sky. These volcanoes have created many interesting geologic features such as black sand beaches and crater lakes. The region also has a great many islands of various sizes freckling the waters of the Bismarck and rain forests.

This is the Madang Province of Papua New Guinea and it is where we find the speakers of the Marangis language. Marangis is a part of the Ramu family which has 30 members all of which are found in Papua New Guinea. While it is commonly known as Marangis it is sometimes called Watam. It is a language closely related to Bosmun because of its unusual plural markers.

While the language only boasts a population of speakers in the 600s it is doing quite well because of the devotion of its speakers to passing it on to their youth. The people themselves can be found in the mainland area of the Madang Province and also in a number of islands along the coast.

While there are many stories of languages dying out this is a joyful story of a people who are proud of their language and who have built a stable home for themselves and their language.

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