Tangoa language

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Tangoa
Mara Tatagoa
RegionTangoa Island, Vanuatu
Native speakers
800 (2001)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3tgp
Glottologtang1347[2]

Tangoa, or Leon Tatagoa, is an Oceanic language spoken on Tangoa Island, south of Espiritu Santo Island in Vanuatu. The community was an early settlement for Christian missionaries, leading to its use as a linguafranca in the area.[3]

Characteristics[edit]

Tangoa is one of the few languages of Vanuatu, and indeed of the world, possessing a set of linguolabial consonants.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tangoa at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Movono". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Vari-Bogiri, Hannah (2008). "A Sociolinguistic Survey of Araki: A Dying Language of Vanuatu". Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. 26 (1). doi:10.1080/14790710508668398.