Nese language

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Region Matanvat area, northwest Malakula, Vanuatu
Native speakers
20 (2010)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Glottolog nese1235[2]

Nese is a moribund Oceanic language or dialect known by no more than twenty people in the Matanvat area of the northwest tip of the island of Malakula in Vanuatu. It is now rarely spoken, having been replaced as a primary mode of communication by Bislama.

Nese is one of the few languages to have linguolabial consonants.


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  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Nese". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  • Lynch, John (December 2005). "The Apicolabial Shift in Nese". Oceanic Linguistics. 44 (2): 389–403. doi:10.1353/ol.2005.0040. 
  • Crowley, Terry (2006). Lynch, John, ed. Nese: a diminishing speech variety of Northwest Malakula ( Vanuatu ). Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. 

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