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Location of Vot Tande in Banks Islands
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The islet of Vot Tande has never been inhabited. It is host to thousands of sea birds – especially frigatebirds, which have given their name to the islet.
The islet is known under various names, depending on which vernacular language is used. In all languages of the region, the meaning is the same: “the Rock of Frigatebirds”.
- In Löyöp (Ureparapara), it is called Vot Tade (IPA: [βɔt.taˈⁿdɛ]), with prenasalised [ⁿd]
- In Mwotlap (Mota Lava), it is known as Nevet Men Tagde (IPA: [nɛˌβɛt.mɛn.taɰˈⁿdɛ]), or under its older name Vet Tagde (IPA: [βɛtaɰˈⁿdɛ]).
- In Mota, it is called Vat Ganai (IPA: [βatɣanai])
The spelling Vot Tande is a transcription of the Löyöp form. The variant Vetaoundé, which is found on old French maps, reflects an earlier attempt at spelling the older Mwotlap form. Other misspellings for the same islet include Vet Tande, Vot Ganai.
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