Meso-Melanesian languages

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Meso-Melanesian
Geographic
distribution:
Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands
Linguistic classification: Austronesian
Glottolog: meso1253[1]

The Meso Melanesian languages are a moderately supported group of Oceanic languages spoken in the large Melanesian islands of New Ireland and the Solomon Islands east of New Guinea.

Composition[edit]

The languages of New Ireland are part of the Meso-Melanesian linkage.

The languages group as follows:[2]

Ethnologue adds Guramalum to the St George linkage.

The Willaumez Peninsula on the north coast of New Britain was evidently the center of dispersal.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Meso-Melanesian". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  2. ^ Lynch, John; Malcolm Ross; Terry Crowley (2002). The Oceanic languages. Richmond, Surrey: Curzon. ISBN 9780700711284. OCLC 48929366.