Malekula languages


Malekula languages
Malekula
Geographic
distribution:
Malakula, Vanuatu
Linguistic classification: Austronesian
Subdivisions:

The two dozen Malekula languages are a group or groups of the North Vanuatu languages.

Languages

The Malekula languages have been divided into interior and coastal groups. However, this classification is not well supported. According to a 2008 analysis of the Austronesian Basic Vocabulary Database,[1] the interior and some of the coastal languages, such as Nahavaq, are related as a group, whereas the analysis found 70% support for including the coastal Nese language. Confidence was higher (90%) for the Santo–Malekula languages.

The traditional classification is,

Interior
Coastal
  • Axamb
  • Aulua
  • Maskelynes
  • Malua Bay
  • Malfaxal
  • Mae
  • Mpotovoro
  • Unua
  • Rerep
  • Port Sandwich
  • Nahavaq (South West Bay)
  • Uripiv-Wala-Rano-Atchin dialect chain
  • Vao
  • Burmbar
  • Nese

References



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