Authored by: John Lynch , 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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Banoni is spoken in southwest Bougainville, the population in 1976 being about 1000 people. There appears to be some dialect differentiation between coastal and inland Banoni-speakers, as well as small differences between villages. This sketch describes the inland dialect as spoken in the villages of Mabesi (Lincoln 1976a) and Mariga (Ross' fieldnotes, based on information provided by Sr Mary Patricia). Data from Mariga are marked ‘MGA’ here; data from Mabesi are unmarked. The language is known to Banoni speakers as Tsunari (‘their truth’), but the term Banoni is widely used both by outsiders and by speakers of the language.

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