Teanu

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A language of Solomon Islands

Alternate Names
Buma, Puma
Population

520 (2007 A. François).

Location

Temotu Province, Vanikolo island, Puma, Lavaka, Emua, and Lale villages.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

Shifting to Pijin [pis] (Wurm 2007). Also use Pijin [pis].

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

Previously 3 tribal districts corresponded to 3 languages: Tanema [tnx] south, Lovono [vnk] northwest, Teanu [tnx] northeast. Tanema population now dispersed on the island for more than a century and blended with Melanesian population, while most of south coast settled by Polynesians.