Tanema language

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Tanema
Tetawo
Native toSolomon Islands
RegionVanikoro
Native speakers
1 (2012)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3tnx
Glottologtane1237
ELPTanema

Tanema (Tetawo, Tetau) is a nearly extinct language of the island of Vanikoro, in the easternmost province of the Solomon Islands.

Vitality[edit]

Map of Vanikoro I., showing the historical territories of the three tribes of Lovono, Tanema and Teanu.[2]

As of 2012, Tanema is only spoken by one speaker, Lainol Nalo.[1][3] It has been replaced by Teanu, the main language of Vanikoro.

The language[edit]

Some information on the languages of Vanikoro, including Tanema, can be found in François (2009) for the grammar, and François (2020) for the lexicon.

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • François, Alexandre (2009), "The languages of Vanikoro: Three lexicons and one grammar" (PDF), in Evans, Bethwyn (ed.), Discovering history through language: Papers in honour of Malcolm Ross, Pacific Linguistics 605, Canberra: Australian National University, pp. 103–126
  • François, Alexandre (2020). Online Teanu–English dictionary, with lexical data in Lovono and Tanema. Paris, CNRS.

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