Authored by: Terry Crowley

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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Gela (often written as Nggela) is spoken by over 5000 people in the central Solomon Islands. The language is spoken in three dialects, on the islands of Big Nggela (Nggela Sule), Small Nggela (Nggela Pile), Sandfly (Mboko ni mbeti) and Buenavista (Vatilau). This sketch is based on the dialect of Small Nggela. The dialects are lexically and grammatically very similar, and differ only on a number of phonological points. In particular, /h/ on Big Nggela corresponds systematically to /z/ in the other dialects. Gela belongs to Tryon and Hackman's (1983) Guadalcanal grouping of Eastern Oceanic languages.

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