Mwotlap

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

10.4324/9780203820384.ch29

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Abstract

This language is spoken by a total population estimated at around 2200, on the island of Motalava (alternatively known as Motlav, but known locally as Mwotlap), as well as in three villages on neighbouring Vanualava. These islands constitute part of the Banks group in far northern Vanuatu. During the nineteenth century, the language of the neighbouring island of Mota was propagated as a missionary lingua franca.

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