Lenakel is a member of the Southern Oceanic branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family. It is spoken by about 12,000 people mainly on Tanna Island in Tafea Province in southern Vanuatu, particularly in the central west part of the island. There are also some Lenakel speakers in Port Vila on Efate Island, and in New Caledonia.
Lenakel is also known as West Tanna. Native speakers call it Netvaar or Nakaraan taha Lenakel. It is closely related to Whitesands / East Tanna and North Tanna, which are also spoken on Tanna Island. Lenakel is seen as a pretigious language on Tanna as it has been used as a church language for over 100 years.
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Information about Lenakel
Adzera, Ahamb, Äiwoo, Aneityum, Apma, Araki, Are, ꞌAreꞌare, ’Auhelawa, Avava, Bola, Big Numbas, Buhutu, Bwaidoka, Caac, Cheke Holo, Dorig, Ghari, Hiri Motu, Hiw, Iaai, Kakabai, Kaninuwa, Kokota, Kove, Kurti, Kwara’ae, Lehali, Lenakel, Lewo, Lote, Lo-Toga, Löyöp, Maskelynes, Mato, Mavea, Motu, Mwotlap, Nafsan, Namakura, Neve‘ei, Neverver, North Efate, Paamese, Raga, Rotuman, Roviana, Sa, Sakao, Saliba, Siar, Sio, Ske, Tamambo, Tami, Tigak, Tirax, Tolai, Ubir, Ughele, Vitu, Vurës, Western Fijian, Yabem, Yapese
Languages written with the Latin alphabet
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