Nadrogā

Authored by: Paul Geraghty

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.ch46

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Abstract

The Nadrogā communalect of Western Fijian is spoken in about twenty villages, with a total population of approximately 5000, in the districts of Cuvu, Nasigatoka and Nokonoko in Nadrogā-Navōsā province, southwest Viti Levu. The communalect is also spoken by perhaps a few hundred non-Fijians (mostly Fiji Indians) living in Nadrogā, and an estimated 5000 Nadrogā emigrants, mostly resident in towns throughout Fiji and overseas. A dozen or so surrounding districts have quite similar communalects, and may be included in a ‘greater Nadrogā’ language area. Greater Nadrogā is closely related to the communalects of Varulele to the south, Vusu and Sērua to the east, and Nasikawa to the northeast, and less closely to the various communalects of Bā province to the north. All these communalects belong to the Western subgroup of Fijian (Geraghty 1983:278–291).

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