Löyöp language

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Löyöp
Native to Vanuatu
Region Ureparapara
Native speakers
240 (2010) [1] [2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 urr
Glottolog leha1244
ELP Löyöp

Löyöp[løjøp] (formerly known as Lehalurup) is an Oceanic language spoken by about 240 people, on the east coast of Ureparapara Island in the Banks Islands of Vanuatu. [1] [2] It is distinct from Lehali, the language spoken on the west coast of the same island.

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Phonology

Löyöp has 11 phonemic vowels. These are ten short monophthongs /i ɪ ɛ æ a œ ø y ɔ ʊ/, and one diphthong /i͡ɛ/. [3]

Löyöp vowels
Front Back
plainround
Close i y
Near-close ɪ ø ʊ
Open-mid ɛ œ ɔ
Near-open æ  
Open a

Grammar

The system of personal pronouns in Löyöp contrasts clusivity, and distinguishes four numbers (singular, dual, trial, plural). [4]

Spatial reference in Löyöp is based on a system of geocentric (absolute) directionals, which is in part typical of Oceanic languages, and yet innovative. [5]

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References

  1. 1 2 List of Banks islands languages.
  2. 1 2 François (2012).
  3. François (2011 :194)
  4. François (2016).
  5. François (2015:) 171-172).

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