Temotu languages

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Solomon Islands
Linguistic classification Austronesian
Glottolog temo1244[1]

The Temotu languages, named after Temotu Province of the Solomon Islands, are a branch of Oceanic languages proposed in Ross & Næss 2007 for the Reefs – Santa Cruz languages. These languages had previously been considered Papuan, but Ross & Næss established that the closest relatives were the Utupua–Vanikoro languages, previously thought to be Central–Eastern Oceanic.[2]

Map showing the ten languages of the Temotu group, plus the Polynesian language Vaeakau-Taumako.

Ethnologue does not accept the Vanikoro node.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Temotu". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  2. ^ Ross, Malcolm and Åshild Næss (2007). "An Oceanic Origin for Äiwoo, the Language of the Reef Islands?". Oceanic Linguistics. 46: 456–498. doi:10.1353/ol.2008.0003. 
  3. ^ François, Alexandre (2009), "The languages of Vanikoro: Three lexicons and one grammar" (PDF), in Evans, Bethwyn, Discovering history through language: Papers in honour of Malcolm Ross, Pacific Linguistics 605, Canberra: Australian National University, pp. 103–126