Fanbak language

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Native toVanuatu
RegionAmbrym Island
Native speakers
100 (2015)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3fnb
Glottologorko1234  Orkon-Fanbak[2]

Fanbak is a minor language of Ambrym Island, Vanuatu.


Fanbak takes its name from the village of the same name, where it used to be spoken. Fanbak village has been abandoned, with residents now living among speakers of North Ambrym.[1]

Lynch and Crowley (2001) called the language "Orkon". However, it appears that Orkon, spoken in the Orkon village, really referred to a lect (either a dialect or a separate language) distinct from Fanbak. Nothing is known on Orkon proper, which now extinct.


  1. ^ a b Change request documentation for fbk.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Orkon-Fanbak". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.