Authored by: John Lynch , Rex Horoi

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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The Arosi language is spoken by between three and four thousand people living in the western part of the island of Makira (known formerly as San Cristobal) in Solomon Islands. Arosi is actually the name of a now uninhabited village, but it has come to refer to the wider area in which the language is spoken, as well as to the language and the people who speak it. There are three major dialects: northern, southern and western (Wango); this sketch is based largely on the Wango dialect, in which the Bible and other religious publications are written and which also formed the basis for Fox's (1970) dictionary Other data were supplied by one of the authors, Rex Horoi, a native speaker of Arosi.

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