Unua

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A language of Vanuatu

Alternate Names
Onua
Autonym
Unua
Population

1,050 (Pearce 2015), increasing.

Location

Malampa province: east Malekula island. Batabbu, Batabong, Black Sands, Penamor, and Ruxbo villages (Unua dialect). Hemertabos, Pandeur, Rembe, Rerep, Retchar, and Tisman villages (Pangkumu dialect).

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Unua, Pangkumu.

Typology

SVO; noun head initial; dual number; 20 consonants and 5 vowels; stress on penultimate syllable; exclusive/inclusive pronouns.

Language Use

Use Bislama [bis] for church and meetings. Home, local activities. All ages. All also use Bislama [bis] (Pearce 2015).

Language Development
Literature. Grammar. Texts. Bible portions: 1892–1950.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.

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