Natügu

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A language of Solomon Islands

Alternate Names
Nambakaengö, Natqgu, Northern Santa Cruz
Population

4,280 (2007 census), increasing.

Location

Temotu Province, west Santa Cruz island, Graciosa Bay; some on north coast.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Bënwë, Londai, Malo, Ndeni (Deni), Nea, Nooli. Speakers of most dialects understand Malo and Bënwë.

Typology

VSO

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, church, village. All ages. Increasingly positive attitudes. Most also use Pijin [pis].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 25%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–60%. English texts. Pijin lectures. Dictionary. NT: 2005–2008.
Writing
Latin script.