Santa Cruz language
|Native to||Solomon Islands|
|Region||Santa Cruz Islands, Eastern Solomons.|
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.
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).
- Santa Cruz at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
Natügu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
Nalögo at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Natugu–Nalogo". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- 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.