Nukumanu
Language facts sheet by Niklas Jonsson
©1997-2001 POLLI & Niklas Jonsson

A bibliography of works refered to in this file may be found in the Polynesian Literature List.


Country/territory where spoken
Papua New Guinea

Geographical region
Nukumanu Atoll (Tasman Islands) in the North Solomons Province.

Language codes
NKM (POLLI); NUQ (Grimes 1996: Ethnologue); NKM (Biggs 1971)

Alternate language names
Tasman

Genetic affiliation
Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Central Pacific, Eastern Fiji-Polynesian, Polynesian, Nuclear Polynesian, Samoic- Outlier, Ellicean

Nukumanu speaking population
200 (Wurm/Hattori 1981); 200 total

Status of language
Work in progress

Alphabet
Needs survey

Remarks
Tryon says that Nukumanu is distinct from Luanguia in Solomon Islands and Takuu (Nuguria) in Papua New Guinea [I am not sure whether Tryon means that Nuguria is a different name for Takuu or that Takuu and Nuguria are dialects of the same language - Niklas Jonsson]. Nukumanu speakers have contact with Luanguia speakers on Ontong Java.

Data last updated
3 March 2001



SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY - NUKUMANU

RAY, SIDNEY H.
1912-. Polynesian linguistics: past and future (a series of articles running through Journal of the Polynesian Society vol 21-30) (vol 25, p 20-3 and p 44-52, and vol 26, p 99, include information about Nukumanu)



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