Tanema
Tetawo
Native toSolomon Islands
RegionVanikoro
Native speakers
1 (2012)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3tnx
Glottologtane1237
ELPTanema

Tanema (Tetawo, Tetau) is a nearly extinct language of the island of Vanikoro, in the easternmost province of the Solomon Islands.

Vitality

Map of Vanikoro I., showing the historical territories of the three tribes of Lovono, Tanema and Teanu.[2]
Map of Vanikoro I., showing the historical territories of the three tribes of Lovono, Tanema and Teanu.[2]

As of 2012, Tanema is only spoken by one speaker, Lainol Nalo.[1][3] It has been replaced by Teanu, the main language of Vanikoro.

The language

Some information on the languages of Vanikoro, including Tanema, can be found in François (2009) for the grammar, and François (2021) for the lexicon.[4]

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