Santa Cruz language

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Santa Cruz
Native to Solomon Islands
Region Santa Cruz Islands, Eastern Solomons.
Coordinates 10°40′S 165°50′E / 10.667°S 165.833°E / -10.667; 165.833
Native speakers
5,900 (1999)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 stcinclusive code
Individual codes:
ntu – Natügu
nlz – Nalögo
Glottolog natu1250[2]

The Santa Cruz language (locally known as Natügu) is the main language spoken on the island of Nendö or 'Santa Cruz', in the Solomon Islands.

Genetic affiliation[edit]

It was widely believed until recently that Santa Cruz was a Papuan language. Like the rest of the Reefs – Santa Cruz languages, however, it has been shown to be a member of the Austronesian language family.[3]


Dialects are Bënwë (Banua), Londai, Malo, Nea, Nooli. Speakers of most dialects understand Lwowa and Mbanua well. The Nea and Nooli dialects are the most divergent, actually a separate language (Nalögo).


  1. ^ Santa Cruz at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Natügu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Nalögo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Natugu–Nalogo". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Næss, Åshild and Brenda H. Boerger (2008). "Reefs – Santa Cruz as Oceanic: Evidence from the Verb Complex". Oceanic Linguistics. 47: 185–212. doi:10.1353/ol.0.0000. 

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