Wailapa language

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Native to Vanuatu
Region Espiritu Santo
Native speakers
unknown (100 cited 1981)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 wlr
Glottolog wail1242[2]

Wailapa, or Ale, is an Oceanic language spoken on Espiritu Santo Island in Vanuatu. It is in a dialect chain between Akei and Penantsiro,[clarification needed][3] but these are not mutually intelligible.


  1. ^ Wailapa at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Wailapa". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Ethnologue identifies Penantsiro with the code for Piamatsina, but this would not seem to be credible.