Anejo

Authored by: John Lynch

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.ch39

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Abstract

The Anejo language is spoken by about 600 people living on the island of Aneityum, the southernmost inhabited island in Vanuatu. It is the only indigenous language on the island, although in the north of Aneityum there is a substantial community of relatively recent immigrants from neighbouring Futuna, speaking a Polynesian Outlier language. Anejo forms one of three branches of the Southern Vanuatu subgroup, the other two consisting of the languages of Erromango and Tanna respectively. This subgroup forms part of the Southern Melanesian family within the Southern Oceanic linkage (Ch. 4, §5.3).

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