Authored by: Malcolm Ross

The Oceanic Languages

Print publication date:  December  2001
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780700711284
eBook ISBN: 9780203820384
Adobe ISBN: 9781136749858


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Kele is spoken inland in the easterly part of Manus Island and is a member of the Eastern Admiralties family (Ch. 5, §3). The majority of Eastern Admiralties languages are spoken on Manus, and the language situation there is complex and remains poorly understood. The whole island is covered by a dialect network which appears to be divisible into a western and an eastern section with a ‘bridge’ between the sections formed by Mokoreng, Loniu and Pak (Ross 1988:320). However, the bridge is recognisable only by linguistic criteria: geographically, its languages lie, not between the two sections, but on islands to the east of the eastern section. This is not as crazy as it may seem, as there is fairly clear evidence that entire language groups have migrated, for example, from one end of Manus to the other (Schooling and Schooling 1980; Ross 1988:319).

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