Southwest Tanna language

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Southwest Tanna
Native toVanuatu
RegionTanna Island
Native speakers
4,500 (2011)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3nwi

Southwest Tanna is a dialect chain spoken on the southwestern coast of Tanna Island in Vanuatu. Lynch (1982) names three major dialects: Nivhaal in the north-west of the language area (spelt "Nauvhal" in publicity for the 2015 film Tanna), Nivai in the south-west, and Nelpwaai in the north-east.[2]


  1. ^ Southwest Tanna at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ John Lynch (1982). "South-West Tanna Grammar Outline and Vocabulary". Papers in Linguistics of Melanesia. 4.

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