Santa Cruz language

Santa Cruz
Natügu
Spoken in Solomon Islands
Region Santa Cruz Islands, Eastern Solomons.
Coordinates 10°40′S 165°50′E / 10.667°S 165.833°E / -10.667; 165.833
Native speakers 5,900: 4,280 Londai and 1,620 Nea  (1999)
Language family
Austronesian
Language codes
ISO 639-3 stc – Macrolanguage
individual codes:
ntu – Natügu
nlz – Nalögo

The Santa Cruz language (locally known as Natügu) is the main language spoken on the island of Nendö or 'Santa Cruz', in the Solomon Islands.

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Genetic affiliation

It was widely believed until recently that Santa Cruz was a Papuan language. Like the rest of the Reefs – Santa Cruz languages, however, it has been shown to be a member of the Austronesian language family.[1]

Dialects

Santa Cruz further divides into the following dialects[2]: Ndeni (Deni), Te Motu, Londai, Nea, Nooli, Lvova (Lwowa), Mbanua. Speakers of most dialects understand Lwowa and Mbanua well. The Nea and Nooli dialects are the most divergent.

References

  1. ^ Næss, Åshild and Brenda H. Boerger (2008). "Reefs – Santa Cruz as Oceanic: Evidence from the Verb Complex". Oceanic Linguistics 47: 185–212. doi:10.1353/ol.0.0000. 
  2. ^ See the Ethnologue page for Santa Cruz.

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