Bughotu

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A language of Solomon Islands

Alternate Names
Bugota, Bugoto, Bugotu, Mahaga, Mbughotu
Population

4,050 (1999 SIL).

Location

Santa Isabel island, southeast end from Suma to Horara; Furona island off Kia district northwest coast.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Hageulu, Vulava. Reportedly similar to Gela [nlg] and Gao [gga]. Related to vernaculars on Guadalcanal.

Language Use

Home, village, church. All ages. Different from other languages of Santa Isabel. Other Santa Isabel language speakers cannot communicate with Bughotu except through Pijin [pis]. Also use Gao [gga]. Used as L2 by Cheke Holo [mrn], Gao [gga].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 30%–60%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1914–2009.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].