Lemerig language

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Lemerig
Native to Vanuatu
Region Vanua Lava
Native speakers
2 (2010) [1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 lrz
Glottolog leme1238
ELP Lemerig
One of the two remaining speakers of Lemerig, recorded in Vanuatu.

Lemerig (sometimes also called Pak, Päk, or Sasar) is an Oceanic language spoken on Vanua Lava, in Vanuatu.

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Lemerig is no longer actively spoken. The 2 remaining speakers live on the northern coast of the island. [2] The language has receded in favour of its neighbours Mwotlap and Vera'a. [1]

Phonology

Lemerig has 11 phonemic vowels. These are all short monophthongs /i ɪ ɛ æ a œ ø ɒ̝ ɔ ʊ u/. [3]

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

Grammar

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

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

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References

  1. 1 2 François 2012, p. 87.
  2. List of Banks islands languages.
  3. François 2011, p. 194.
  4. François 2016.
  5. François 2015, pp. 169–170.

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