Roviana

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A language of Solomon Islands

Alternate Names
Robiana, Rubiana, Ruviana
Population

9,870 (1999 SIL). L2 users: 16,000 (1987 UBS).

Location

Western Province, north central New Georgia, Roviana and Vonavona lagoons.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).Being supplanted as lingua franca by Pijin [pis] in Western Province; now used as L2 in Western Province and as far north as Buka and Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, mainly by those over 30 years old.

Typology

VSO.

Language Use

Also use English [eng]. Used as L2 by Duke [nke], Fagani [faf], Hoava [hoa], Simbo [sbb], Touo [tqu], Ughele [uge].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 30%–60%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1953–1995.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].