Kiai language

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Native to Vanuatu
Native speakers
450 (2001)[1]
Official status
Official language in
Language codes
ISO 639-3 frt
Glottolog fort1240[2]

The Kiai language is a vernacular of a native people in the highlands of the central Espiritu Santo Island, Sanma Province, Republic of Vanuatu.

Name variants[edit]

Another name is Fortsenal. The speakers call their language na vara kiai. Fortsenal (Vorozenale) is one of the villages where the speakers live.


  1. ^ Kiai at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Fortsenal". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.


  • Vara Kiai: a Kiai wordlist / Tomas Ludvigson, Auckland [N.Z.] : Dept. of Anthropology, University of Auckland, 1989
  • Crowley, Terry. 2000. The Language Situation in Vanuatu.