Vao language

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Region Vao Island and northern Malakula, Vanuatu
Native speakers
1,900 (2001)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 vao
Glottolog vaoo1237[2]

Vao is an Austronesian language of the Oceanic branch spoken by about 1,900 people on Vao Island and on the nearby shores of Malakula Island, Vanuatu.[3]


Vao is one of the few languages of the world that possesses linguolabial consonants[example needed].[citation needed]


  1. ^ Vao at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Vao". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Ethnologue report for Vao