Tangoa language

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Tangoa
Movono
RegionTangoa Island, Vanuatu
Native speakers
800 (2001)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3tgp
Glottologtang1347[2]

Tangoa, or Movono, is an Oceanic language spoken on Tangoa Island, south of Espiritu Santo Island in Vanuatu. The community was an early settlement for Christian missionaries, leading to its use as a linguafranca in the area.[3]

Characteristics[edit]

Tangoa is one of the few languages of Vanuatu, and indeed of the world, possessing a set of linguolabial consonants.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tangoa at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Movono". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Vari-Bogiri, Hannah (2008). "A Sociolinguistic Survey of Araki: A Dying Language of Vanuatu". Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. 26 (1). doi:10.1080/14790710508668398.