Southeast Solomonic languages
The family of Southeast Solomonic languages forms a branch of the Oceanic languages. It consists of some 26 languages covering the South East Solomon Islands, from the tip of Santa Isabel to Makira. The fact that there is little diversity amongst these languages, compared to groups of similar size in Melanesia, suggests that they dispersed in the relatively recent past. Bugotu is one of the most conservative languages.
According to Lynch, Ross, & Crowley (2002), the structure of the family is as follows:
- Bugotu–Gela–Guadalcanal family
- Longgu–Malaita–Makira family
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