Torau language

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Torau
Rorovana
Region Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
Native speakers
(600 cited 1963) [1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ttu
Glottolog tora1259 [2]

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References

  1. Torau at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Torau". Glottolog 3.0 . Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.