Kokota

Authored by: Bill Palmer

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.ch24

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Abstract

Ooe Kokota, ‘Kokota talk’, is spoken in three villages located about halfway along the long island of Santa Isabel in the Solomon Islands: Goveo and Sisiga on the north coast, and Hurepelo on the south coast. It is the everyday language of communication in all three villages, and is spoken by about 500 people (a substantial number of them children), including a small Kokota community in the Kukum area of Honiara. The language was previously known only from a wordlist of some 320 items in Tryon and Hackman (1983). The present description is based on field research by the author in Goveo village.

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