Cheke Holo

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A language of Solomon Islands

Alternate Names
A’ara, Holo, Kubonitu
Population

10,800 (1999 SIL), increasing. 1,500 monolinguals.

Location

Central Santa Isabel island, on Maringe side, Gnulahaghe village southeast to Kuma’ihaui; Kia district, Hograno coast villages; Gao-Bughotu region, scattered villages.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Hograno (Hogirano), Maringe (Maringhe).

Language Use

Vigorous. Literature could be used by Blablanga and Gao, Kokota, and Zazao. Kindergartens, religious services, commerce. Positive attitudes. Others recognize it and Bughotu [bgt] as the major languages of the island. Also use Bughotu [bgt]. Used as L2 by Blablanga [blp], Gao [gga], Kokota [kkk], Zabana [kji], Zazao [jaj].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 50%. Literacy rate in L2: 30%–35%. 5,500 can read and write. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1993.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.