Tangoa
Mara Tatagoa
RegionTangoa Island, Vanuatu
Native speakers
800 (2001)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3tgp
Glottologtang1347
ELPTangoa

Tangoa, or Leon Tatagoa, is an Oceanic language spoken on Tangoa Island, south of Espiritu Santo Island in Vanuatu. The community was an early settlement for Christian missionaries, leading to its use as a lingua franca in the area, having largely displaced the moribund Araki language spoken on Araki Island.[2]

Characteristics

Tangoa is one of the few languages of Vanuatu, and indeed of the world, possessing a set of linguolabial consonants.

References

  1. ^ Tangoa at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Vari-Bogiri, Hannah (2008). "A Sociolinguistic Survey of Araki: A Dying Language of Vanuatu". Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. 26 (1). doi:10.1080/14790710508668398.