Sakao

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.ch30

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Abstract

This language is spoken by about 2000 people who live in the Port Olry and Hog Harbour area, on the peninsula which bounds the eastern side of Big Bay on the island of Espiritu Santo. The neighbouring languages are little known. A lexicostatistical classification places Sakao into a grouping of its own among the languages of eastern Espiritu Santo, though all of these languages belong to the North Central Vanuatu subgroup. Guy (1979) is the only published description of this language and this description is adapted from this work.

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