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South West Bay

A language of Vanuatu

ISO 639-3: sns

Population 250 (1981 Wurm and Hattori).
Region Southwest Malekula Island.
Alternate names   Sinesip, Seniang, Na'ahai
Classification Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, North and Central Vanuatu, Northeast Vanuatu-Banks Islands, Malekula Coastal
Language use 70% of the ethnic group speaks South West Bay. Most key domains. 60% of children speak it. Positive language attitude.
Language development Bible portions: 1905.
Comments Hunters; fishermen; agriculturalists: yams.