Initial Documentation of Na'ahai, a language of Malakula, Vanuatu
Na’ahai is an underdescribed language of the southwest coast of Malakula Island in Vanuatu, spoken by less than 1000 people.
This collection was started with two central aims: One is to undertake initial documentation of the language, in the form of a basic grammatical sketch as well as a transcribed and translated collection of audio and video recordings of stories, songs, and dialogues. The other goal is to train community members in their own ongoing documentation of the language, in particular in the compilation of a dictionary, for which there is considerable local interest.
Group represented Na'ahai speakers, Malakula.
Language information Na’ahai is an underdescribed Austronesian language of the southwest coast of Malakula Island in Vanuatu, spoken by less than 1000 people. Its word stock is being supplanted by Bislama. Dialects: Milip, Orierh (Na’ahai), Toman. Alternate names: Malfaxal, Malvaxal-Toman Island, Taman, Tomman.
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