Authored by: Mike Anderson , Malcolm Ross

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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The language of Sudest (or Tagula) Island, in the southeast of the Milne Bay Province of Papua New Guinea, is spoken by approximately 2000 people. There is considerable dialect variation, and this sketch, based on Anderson and Anderson (1991), describes the dialect spoken in Pamela village on the south coast. Apart from a small dictionary (Anderson 1990), only fragmentary information on Sudest has previously been published (Anderson 1992, Armstrong 1923, Ray 1939, Lithgow 1976:451, 461–462). There is also a fairly extensive manuscript vocabulary by Fr Kevin Twomey (n.d.) from the Madawa dialect, which he calls ‘Vanatinai’ (after the Sudest word for the island, Vanatïha). Sudest's closest relative is Nimoa, and the two languages belong to the Peripheral Papuan Tip linkage (see the discussion in §4.2 of Ch. 5).

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