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Marau Wawa language

2019-07-24 22:49:02
Marau Wawa
Native toSolomon Islands
Extinctca. 1930
Language family
  • Malayo-Polynesian
    • Oceanic
      • Southeast Solomonic
        • Malaita – San Cristobal
          • San Cristobal?
            • Marau Wawa
Language codes
ISO 639-3None (mis)

Marau Wawa is an extinct language once spoken on Marau Island, off Makira in the Solomon Islands. (The island was actually named Wawa; marau just means "island".) The last speaker was old in 1919; the island had been abandoned after a raid some years earlier. The language may have been one of the Makira languages, but it was quite distinct.[2]


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Marau Wawa". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ Sidney Ray (1926), A Comparative Study of the Melanesian Island Languages, CUP, pp. 471–472.