Cheke Holo language

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Cheke Holo
Native to Central Solomon Islands
Region Santa Isabel Island
Native speakers
10,800 (1999)[1]
1,500 monolinguals (1999?)[2]
Austronesian
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mrn
Glottolog chek1238[3]

Cheke Holo (also called Maringe or Marine, A’ara, Holo, Kubonitu) is an Oceanic language spoken in the Solomon Islands. Its speakers live on Santa Isabel Island.

Phonology[edit]

The phonology of Cheke Holo shows some peculiarities, shared with other Santa Isabel languages, like the aspirated stops and the voiceless sonorants. The five-vowel system instead conforms to the prototypical system of the Oceanic area (White, Kokhonigita & Pulomana 1988).

Consonant phonemes
Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Nasal m n ɲ̊ ɲ ŋ̊ ŋ
Stop plain p b t d t͡ʃ d͡ʒ k g ʔ
aspirated
Fricative plain f v s z ɣ h
aspirated ɣʱ
Leteral l
Trill r
Vowel phonemes
Front Central Back
High i u
Mid e o
Low a

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Cheke Holo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Cheke Holo language at Ethnologue (15th ed., 2005)
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Cheke Holo". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 

References[edit]

  • Palmer, Bill (2009). "Clause order and information structure in Cheke Holo". Oceanic Linguistics. 48 (1): 213–249. doi:10.1353/ol.0.0038. 
  • White, Geoffrey; Kokhonigita, Francis; Pulomana, Hugh (1988). Cheke Holo (Maringe/Hograno) dictionary. Pacific Linguistics. Australian National University. 

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