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Cheke Holo

A language of Solomon Islands

ISO 639-3: mrn

Population 10,840 (1999 SIL). 1,500 monolinguals.
Region Central Santa Isabel Island, on Maringe side from village of Gnulahaghe southeast to Kuma'ihaui; on Hograno coast in several villages in Kia District; and scattered villages in Gao-Bughotu Region.
Alternate names   A'ara, Kubonitu, Holo
Dialects Maringe (Maringhe), Hograno (Hogirano).
Classification Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Western Oceanic, Meso Melanesian, New Ireland, South New Ireland-Northwest Solomonic, Santa Isabel, East
Language use Trade language. Vigorous. Most important language of Santa Isabel apart from Bughotu. Second language of many speakers of other languages. Literature in this language could be used by the Blablanga and Gao, Kokota, and Zazao. Used in kindergartens, religious services, commerce. People are proud of Cheke Holo. Others recognize it as the major language of the island. At least 80% can speak another language. Some speak Bughotu.
Language development Literacy rate in first language: 50%. Literacy rate in second language: 30% to 35%. 5,500 can read and write. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1993.
Comments Coastal, riverine. Dense forest. Sea level to 1,200 meters. Subsistence agriculturalists; fishermen; government workers; church workers. Christian.