Amba language (Solomon Islands)

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Amba
Aba
Native to Solomon Islands
Region Utupua Island
Native speakers
590 (1999)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 utp
Glottolog amba1266[2]

Amba (also known as Aba, Nembao or Nebao) is the main language spoken on the island of Utupua, in the easternmost province of the Solomon Islands.

Name[edit]

The speaker population calls their own language [aᵐba] (with prenasalised [ᵐb]). This name may be rendered Amba or Aba depending on spelling conventions, which have not been fixed yet for these languages.

Speakers of neighbouring Asumboa designate the Amba language as [neᵐbao]. This form, which may be spelled Nembao or Nebao, has sometimes been used by foreigners as another name for the Amba language.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amba at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Amba (Solomon Islands)". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  • Tryon, Darrell (1994), "Language contact and contact-induced language change in the Eastern Outer Islands, Solomon Islands", in Tom Dutton; Darrell Tryon, Language contact and change in the Austronesian world, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 611–648 .