Bali-Vitu

Authored by: Malcolm Ross

The Oceanic Languages

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

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

10.4324/9780203820384.ch17

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Abstract

Bali-Vitu is spoken by about 9000 people (Johnston 1980:142) in the French Islands, located about 100 km northwest of Talasea township on New Britain, Papua New Guinea. There are two major and mutually comprehensible dialects, one spoken on Bali (or Unea, in vernacular Uniapa) Island, the other on Vitu (or Garove, vernacular Muduapa) Island and the tiny Ningau Islands. The Vitu dialect falls into north and south subdialects. The description here is of Bali and is based on information provided by Barbara Gili of Ketinerave village (where reference is made to Vitu, the information was provided by Mrs Dolorosa Ire of Balangore no 2 village).

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