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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.