Lewo

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A language of Vanuatu

Alternate Names
Varsu
Population

2,200 (Lynch and Crowley 2001). Only very elderly and very young are monolingual. L2 users: Speakers of neighboring languages also use Lewo.

Location

East Epi island, Varsu and Varmali regions.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Mate-Nul-Filakara, Tasiko. Lexical similarity: borderline with Lamenu [lmu] but strong community perception that it is a different language.

Typology

Tripartite disjunctive negative construction.

Language Use

Some use in religious domain. Positive attitudes. 100% also use Bislama [bis].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 50%. Literacy rate in L2: 40%. Taught in primary schools. Poetry. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1892–2002.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.