Malekula Interior languages

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Malekula Interior
Malakula, Vanuatu
Linguistic classification Austronesian
  • Labo
  • Malekula Central
  • Small Nambas
Glottolog None
mala1539  (Malakula)[1]

The dozen Malekula Interior languages are a branch of the North Vanuatu languages.


The languages have been classified as follows:[2]

A number of other, critically endangered or recently extinct languages are or were spoken in the interior of Malekula, and presumably belong with the Malekula Interior languages. They are Aveteian, Navwien, Sörsörian.[3][4][5] NisvaiNasvangNavwien form a dialect chain, as do Nitita and Vivti.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Malakula". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  2. ^ Clark, Ross. 2009. *Leo Tuai: A comparative lexical study of North and Central Vanuatu languages. Canberra ACT.: Pacific Linguistics (Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University).
  3. ^ Lynch & Crowley, 2001, Languages of Vanuatu: A New Survey and Bibliography. Australian National University.
  4. ^ Charpentier, Jean-Michel (1982). Atlas linguistique du Sud-Malekula — Linguistic Atlas of South Malekula (Vanuatu). Paris: Centre National de la Recherche. 
  5. ^ Robert Blust, 2013, The Austronesian Languages