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. Similar to Gela [nlg] and Gao [gga]. Related to vernaculars on Guadalcanal.

Language Use

Home, village, church. Different from other languages of Santa Isabel. Except for Gao [gga], other Santa Isabel language speakers cannot communicate with Bughotu except through Pijin [pis].

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