Xârâcùù

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.ch41

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Abstract

Xârâcùù is spoken by about 5000–6000 people living in the Canala area of southern New Caledonia. It is sometimes referred to as ‘the Canala language’, but is known to its speakers as nââ Xârâcùù /nã: xãrãcɨ:/ (‘the heart of Canala’). A member of the South New Caledonian subgroup, Xârâcùù is bordered to the north by Tîrî (Tinrin) and Ajië and to the south by Xârâgurè. There is some dialect differentiation (see Moyse-Faurie and Néchérö-Jorédié 1989:15–18). This sketch is based on Moyse-Faurie (1995); there are also two dictionaries of the language (Grace 1975, and Moyse-Faurie and Néchérö-Jorédié 1989).

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