Authored by: Lucille S. D’Jernes

The Oceanic Languages

Print publication date:  December  2001
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780700711284
eBook ISBN: 9780203820384
Adobe ISBN: 9781136749858


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Arop-Lokep is spoken by approximately 2500 people living on three islands in Madang and Morobe Provinces of Papua New Guinea. ‘Arop’ and ‘Lokep’ are the names by which the major dialects of the language are known to their neighbours. ‘Arop’ refers to the dialect spoken on Long Island and is the dialect described here, except where indicated by ‘(A)’ and ‘(L)’ for Arop and Lokep respectively. To its speakers Arop is also known as [p%4n%]. ‘Lokep’ refers to the dialect spoken on the islands to the east of Long Island, that is, on Tolokiwa Island and in Masele village on Umboi Island. ‘Lokep’ is known as ‘Lokewe’ locally, and as ‘Lukep’ in some linguistic literature. Arop-Lokep belongs to the Vitiaz linkage, and is one of the languages referred to under the rubric ‘various languages in and around the Vitiaz Strait’ in Ch. 5, §4.3.

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