By Denis Cunningham, David E. Ingram, Kenneth Sumbuk
The Southwest Pacific from Southern China via Indonesia, Australia and the Pacific Islands constitutes the richest linguistic quarter of the area. That wealthy source can't be taken without any consideration. a few of its languages have already been misplaced; many extra are lower than danger. The problem is to explain the languages that exist this present day and to undertake regulations that would aid their upkeep.
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Cooper, in his analysis of Coastal Suau, has highlighted the discrepancy between units identified by linguists and patterns of communication: COASTAL SUAU shall be defined to include those varieties of Suau generally spoken within the Suau Administrative Area of the Milne Bay District. Coastal Suau, thus defined, is a somewhat arbitrary label for a major part of the Suau speech continuum. Its western boundary is fairly distinct, for the neighbouring languages, Mailu and Oima, are nonAustronesian; its southern boundary is the sea itself, but across the mountains to the north and into the islands to the east there appear no sudden breaks.
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Dialects have 65% to 94% lexical similarity with each other. Hagahai has 63% to 70% lexical similarity with the three. Haruai has 29% to 37% lexical similarity with the four; Wapi has 8%. Hagahai has 19% lexical similarity with Kobon, some speak Harai, some Tok Pisin (especially boys). Medical workers report widespread health problems. Mountain slope. Hunter-gatherers. Altitude: 100 to 1300 meters. Work in progress. com/) Nekitel (1998) in his list of PNG languages has an entry Pinai (1500 speakers), Wapi (1000 speakers) and Hagahai (300 speakers).
Language Diversity in the Pacific: Endangerment And Survival (Multilingual Matters) by Denis Cunningham, David E. Ingram, Kenneth Sumbuk