|Native to||Solomon Islands|
|Region||Vanikoro, Eastern Solomons|
The language receives its name from Teanu, the island located northeast of the Vanikoro island group. The same language has also been known in the literature as Puma (or wrongly Buma), after the main village of Teanu island.
Whereas Teanu used to be confined to the northeast part of the island group, during the 20th century it became the main language of the whole island group of Vanikoro, at the expense of the two other indigenous languages Lovono and Tanema.
While the Melanesian population of Vanikoro now speaks Teanu, the southern coast of the island also has been colonised for a few centuries by a Polynesian population, who still keep strong ties with their homeland, the nearby island of Tikopia. Their main language is Tikopia, even though some speak Teanu as a second language.
Some information on Teanu, as well as on the two other languages of the island, can be found in François (2009).
- François, Alexandre (2009), "The languages of Vanikoro: Three lexicons and one grammar", in Evans, Bethwyn (ed.), Discovering history through language: Papers in honour of Malcolm Ross, Pacific Linguistics 605, Canberra: Australian National University, pp. 103–126
- Basic vocabulary list in Teanu (Buma) (site: ABVD)
- Audio recordings in the Teanu language, in open access, by A. François (source: Pangloss Collection of CNRS).
- Online Teanu–English dictionary (by A. François)
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