|Pak, Päk, Sasar|
|Dialects||Alo-Teqel, Pak, Sasar|
Lemerig is an Oceanic language spoken on Vanua Lava, in Vanuatu.
Lemerig is no longer actively spoken. The 2 remaining speakers live on the northern coast of the island. The language has receded in favour of its neighbours Mwotlap and Vera'a.
The name Lemerig (spelled Lēmērig [lɪmɪriɣ] in the local orthography) refers to a now abandoned village in northern Vanua Lava. Its name in Mwotlap is Lemyig [lɛmjiɣ]. It is likely the name contains a descendant of the Proto-Torres-Banks word *riɣi meaning "small".
Lemerig has sometimes been referred to using the names of its local varieties: Päk; Sasar; Alo-Teqel.
Judging from wordlists published by missionary and linguist Robert Codrington, these three varieties were very close to each other. The little differences there were went extinct during the 20th century.
Lemerig has 11 phonemic vowels. These are all short monophthongs /i ɪ ɛ æ a œ ø ɒ̝ ɔ ʊ u/.
|Close||i ⟨i⟩||u ⟨u⟩|
|Near-close||ɪ ⟨ē⟩||ø ⟨ö⟩||ʊ ⟨ō⟩|
|Open-mid||ɛ ⟨e⟩||œ ⟨ë⟩||ɔ ⟨o⟩|
|Near-open||æ ⟨ä⟩||ɒ̝ ⟨ā⟩|
The system of personal pronouns in Lemerig contrasts clusivity, and distinguishes four numbers (singular, dual, trial, plural).
Spatial reference in Lemerig is based on a system of geocentric (absolute) directionals, which is in part typical of Oceanic languages, in part innovative.