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A language of Vanuatu

Alternate Names
Bwatvenua, Lamalanga, Loltong, Nonda, North Pentecost Language, North Raga, Qatvenua, Raxa, Vunmarama
Autonym
Raga
Population

7,500 (2017 A. Gray).

Location

Penama province: south Maewo, north Pentecost (Raga), and Whitsuntide islands.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).

Dialects

Nggasai (Kasai). Slight dialect differences; the last Nggasai dialect speaker died in 1999.

Typology

SVO; dual number; 18 consonants and 5 vowels; stress on penultimate syllable; inclusive/exclusive pronouns; alienable/inalienable possession.

Language Use

Home, community; mixed: Work, Religion. All ages.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 90% at a very basic level. Used in most primary schools in Grades 1 and 2. Literature. Dictionary. NT: 1930.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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