Whitesands language

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East Tanna
Native to Vanuatu
Region Tanna Island, east coast
Native speakers
7,500 (2001)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 tnp
Glottolog whit1269[2]

Whitesands, or East Tanna, is a language spoken on the eastern coast of Tanna Island in Vanuatu. It is closely related to the North Tanna and Lenakel languages.[3]


  1. ^ Whitesands at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Whitesands". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Hammond, J. (2009). The grammar of nouns and verbs in Whitesands, an oceanic language of Southern Vanuatu. Master Thesis, University of Sydney, Sydney. link