Lavukaleve Language
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Lavukaleve Language
Native toSolomon Islands
RegionRussell Islands
Native speakers
1,800 (1999)[1]
Central Solomons
  • Lavukaleve
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Lavukaleve is one of the four Central Solomons languages of the Solomon Islands. It is thus assumed to be the descendant of the languages spoken in the Solomon Islands before the spread of the much more numerous Austronesian languages. The name Lavukaleve derives from the ethnonym Lavukal. The Lavukals are the indigenous peoples of the Russell Islands, part of the Solomon Islands Central Province. A comprehensive grammatical description of Lavukaleve was published by the linguist Angela Terrill in 2003.[3]

Lavukaleve is spoken in about eleven main villages. It used to be spoken predominantly on Pavuvu, the largest island, but the speakers were forcefully relocated by the British to the smaller islands in order to make way for plantations.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Lavukaleve at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Lavukaleve". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ a b Terrill, Angela (2003). A Grammar of Lavukaleve. Mouton Grammar Library, 30. Berlin, New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

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