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


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Taiof, phonemically /tayof/, is spoken on Taiof Island, located just west of the northern tip of Bougainville and directly south of Buka Island. It is shown on Map 15 of Wurm and Hattori (1981) as part of the Saposa language of the villages on the nearby Bougainville coast. However, although Saposa is Taiof's closest relative, the differences between them are sufficient to warrant separate descriptions. In the mid-1970s Taiof had perhaps 500 speakers (Kennedy and Kennedy 1977), with little dialect variation.

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