Cheke Holo

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A language of Solomon Islands

Alternate Names
A’ara, Holo, Kubonitu
Population

10,800 (1999 SIL), increasing. 1,500 monolinguals.

Location

Central Santa Isabel island, on Maringe side, Gnulahaghe village southeast to Kuma’ihaui; Kia district, Hograno coast villages; Gao-Bughotu region, scattered villages.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).

Dialects

Hograno (Hogirano), Maringe (Maringhe).

Language Use

Vigorous. L2 of many other language speakers. Literature could be used by Blablanga and Gao, Kokota, and Zazao. Kindergartens, religious services, commerce. Positive attitudes. Others recognize it and Bughotu [bgt] as the major languages of the island. Also use Bughotu [bgt].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 50%. Literacy rate in L2: 30%–35%. 5,500 can read and write. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1993.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Christian.