Lemerig language

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Native to Vanuatu
Region Vanua Lava
Native speakers
2 (2010)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 lrz
Glottolog leme1238[2]

Lemerig (sometimes also called Pak, Päk, or Sasar) is an Oceanic language spoken on Vanua Lava, in Vanuatu.

Lemerig is no longer actively spoken. The 2 remaining speakers live on the northern coast of the island.[3] The language has receded in favour of its neighbours Mwotlap and Vera'a.[1]


Lemerig has 11 phonemic vowels. These are all short monophthongs /i ɪ ɛ æ a œ ø ɒ̝ ɔ ʊ u/.[4]

Lemerig vowels
Front Back
plain round
Close i   u
Near-close ɪ ø ʊ
Open-mid ɛ œ ɔ
Near-open æ   ɒ̝
Open a


  1. ^ a b François (2012:87).
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Lemerig". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ List of Banks islands languages.
  4. ^ François (2011:194)


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