Tanema language

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Native to Solomon Islands
Region Vanikoro
Native speakers
1 (2012)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 tnx
Glottolog tane1237[2]

Tanema (Tetawo, Tetau) is a nearly extinct language of the island of Vanikoro in the easternmost province of the Solomon Islands. As of 2012, it is only spoken by one speaker, Lainol Nalo.[1][3] It has been replaced by Teanu, the main language of Vanikoro.

Some information on Tanema, as well as on the two other languages of the island, can be found in François (2009).


  1. ^ a b Homepage of the linguist A. François (LACITO-CNRS).
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Tanema". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ “The Mystery of the Sinking South Pacific Islands” — Part 2: A Language's Lone Survivor (article in Der Spiegel, 15/06/2012).


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