Cheke Holo language

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Cheke Holo
Native toCentral Solomon Islands
RegionSanta Isabel Island
Native speakers
10,800 (1999)[1]
1,500 monolinguals (1999?)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3mrn

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.


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
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


  1. ^ Cheke Holo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Cheke Holo language at Ethnologue (15th ed., 2005)
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Cheke Holo". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.


  • 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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