Lakon

Lakon is a member of the Southern Oceanic branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family. It is spoken by about 800 people around Lakona Bay on the west coast of Gaua Island, one of the Banks Islands in Torba Province in northern Vanuatu.

Lakon is also known as Lakona, Gaua, Gog, Vura or Vurē. There are four dialects: Qatareu (Qätärew), Vure (Vurē), Toglatareu and Togla.

There are ways to write Lakon with the Latin alphabet. A Lakon translation of the Book of Common Prayer was published in 1897. There are also a few other publications in the language, such as a collection of traditional stories published between 2003 and 2011.

Lakon alphabet and pronunciation

Lakon alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Lakon (Excel)

Sample text

Ērege 'og'og sag Lēseper e.
Tär 'og'og kene, 'og'og e, ē Qet tēr. Ē Qet tär e 'og'og sag sā Lēseper ow. Tär ge 'og'og e, sōwlē ~
Ērge poe mōgōn e tek: "Ei! Gät van e 'ār nok?" Wë "O, ge itōk!"
Alē tär van. Tär van sar e tär 'ār nok.
Ērge 'āwān 'ār wā nmēlēs e; ērge 'āwān 'ār wā nkala' e; 'āwān 'ār wā nqu'u'u e ~ Tär 'ār ges nok 'ān 'ere ge now.
Sōw tär 'ā~'ār, sōwlē ē Qet 'āk 'i row lē qek e.

Source: http://alex.francois.online.fr/img/AlexFrancois_Lemerig-stories.jpg

Sample video

Information about Lakon | Numbers

Links

Information about Lakon
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakon_language
http://www.language-archives.org/language/lkn
https://glottolog.org/resource/languoid/id/lako1245
https://pangloss.cnrs.fr/corpus/Lakon
http://alex.francois.online.fr/AF-literacy-stories-e.htm

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Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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