Roviana

Authored by: Corston-Oliver Simon

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.ch23

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Abstract

Roviana, spoken in Roviana lagoon on the island of New Georgia, Solomon Islands, and in surrounding areas within the Solomon Islands, is a member of the Northwest Solomonic subgroup (Ross 1988). According to the 1976 census, there were then 5365 native speakers, and a further 16,000 people who spoke Roviana as a second language. Previously used as a lingua franca, especially for church purposes, Roviana is being displaced in this role by Solomon Islands Pijin.

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