Koro language (Vanuatu)

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Koro
Native to Vanuatu
Region Gaua
Native speakers
250 (2012) [1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 krf
Glottolog koro1318

Koro is an Oceanic language spoken on Gaua island in Vanuatu. Its 280 speakers live in the village of Koro, on the south coast of Gaua. [2]

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Koro is a distinct language from its immediate neighbours, Dorig (300 sp.) and Olrat (4 sp.). [3]

Phonology

Koro has 8 phonemic vowels. These include 7 monophthongs /i ɪ ɛ a ɔ ʊ u/ and one diphthong /ɛ͡a/. [4]

Grammar

The system of personal pronouns in Koro contrasts clusivity, and distinguishes four numbers (singular, dual, trial, plural). [5]

Spatial reference in Koro is based on a system of geocentric (absolute) directionals, which is typical of Oceanic languages. [6]

Notes and references

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