’Are’are

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A language of Solomon Islands

Alternate Names
Areare
Population

17,900 (1999 SIL), increasing. Few monolinguals.

Location

Malaita Province, central Malaita island, 2 areas; western tip, Guadalcanal island. Some in Honiara.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

’Are’are, Marau (Marau Sound).

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 30%–60%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. New media. Bible portions: 1957–2008.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].