L1 users: 10,000 (2011), increasing. Ethnic population: 95% Melanesian.
1 (National). Statutory national language (1980, Constitution, Art 3(1)). Most in the country understand and use it as lingua franca and as a symbol of national identity.
SVO; prepositions; dual number; tense; 17 consonant and 5 vowel phonemes; non-tonal.
Latin script [Latn].