Sakao

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A language of Vanuatu

Alternate Names
Hog Harbour, Klep, N’kep, Sakau, Santo
Population

2,000 (Crowley 2002b).

Location

Sanma province: northeast Espiritu Santo island.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Typology

SVO; noun head initial; dual and paucal numbers; no articles; 14 consonants and 12 vowels; stress on final syllable; inclusive/exclusive pronouns; verb serialization with restricted set of verbs.

Language Use

Home, local politics, church. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Bislama [bis], Tolomako [tlm].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Low. No systematic adherence to one orthography. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1905–1949.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.

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