Vaeakau-Taumako

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A language of Solomon Islands

Alternate Names
Pileni, Pilheni
Population

1,660 (1999 SIL).

Location

Temotu Province, widespread throughout Duff and Reef islands, including on Matema, Taumako, Nupani, Nukapu, Pileni, and Nifiloli.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Aua, Matema, Nukapu, Nupani, Pileni, Taumako (Duff). Pileni and Taumako differ in significant ways.

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Äiwoo [nfl], Pijin [pis]. Used as L2 by Äiwoo [nfl].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 30%–60%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Dictionary. Grammar.