Sisiqa

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.ch22

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Abstract

Sisiqa ([si'srŋga]) is spoken in central Choiseul, Solomon Islands. Tryon and Hackman (1983) classify it as a dialect of ‘East Choiseul’, but it is sufficiently different from Babatana, its neighbour to the west, to be treated as a separate language. Sisiqa had about 1000 speakers in the mid 1970s, who were generally bilingual in Babatana, the lingua franca of Choiseul. It appears that the differences between Sisiqa and Babatana are gradually being eroded in favour of the latter.

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