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
Nukumanu Atoll (Tasman Islands) in the North Solomons Province.
NUQ (Grimes 1996: Ethnologue);
NKM (Biggs 1971)
Alternate language names
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-
Nukumanu speaking population
200 (Wurm/Hattori 1981); 200 total
Status of language
Work in progress
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)