Tanna, Southwest

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A language of Vanuatu

Alternate Names
Nafe, Naha, Nvhal, Yahurmene
Population

4,500 (2011 SIL), increasing.

Location

Southwest Tanna island.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Narpaimene, Nowai, Siporo, Vaha. Complex dialect chain (Wurm and Hattori 1981).

Language Use

Home. Positive attitudes. 4,000 also use Southwest Tanna [nwi]. Used as L2 by Southwest Tanna [nwi].

Language Development
Poetry. Videos. Dictionary. NT: 2012.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.