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Babatana
East Choiseul
Native toSolomon Islands
Native speakers
7,100 (1999)[1]
Dialects
  • Sisingga (Sisiqa)
Language codes
ISO 639-3baa
Glottologsout3208

Babatana, also spelled Mbambatana, is the principal indigenous language of Choiseul Province, Solomon Islands. Although native to the South Choiseul coastline area between Sepa and the Manggo Bay area, the use of this language has spread across much of Choiseul Island and it is generally understood, much like Solomon Islands Pijin, across the province as a second or third language.

Phonology

The following represents the Sisiqa dialect:

Consonants

Bilabial Alveolar Post-
alveolar
Velar
Plosive voiceless p t k
voiced b d ɡ
Fricative voiceless s
voiced β z ɣ
Nasal m n ŋ
Trill r
Lateral l

Vowels

Front Central Back
Close i ə u
Mid e o
Open a

Simple expressions

Commands/Verbs

Numbers

Other vocabulary

Customary terms

Colourful words

References

  1. ^ Babatana at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Ross, Malcolm (2002). Sisiqa. The Oceanic Languages: Richmond: Curzon. pp. 456–466.