Ellicean languages


Ellicean languages

The Ellicean languages are a subgroup of the Samoic languages, including the Polynesian outliers in Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, and the northern Solomon Islands, as well as the languages of Tuvalu and sometimes Tokelau. The name comes from the Ellice Islands, the colonial name of Tuvalu. The other outlier languages are in the sister group Futunic languages

List of Ellicean languages

*Tuvaluan (Tuvalu)
*Kapingamarangi (Kapingamarangi in the Federated States of Micronesia)
*Nukuoro (Nukuoro in the Federated States of Micronesia)
*Ontong Java (or Luangiua) (Ontong Java in the Solomon Islands)
*Sikaiana (Sikaiana in the Solomon Islands)
*Takuu (Takuu in the eastern islands of Papua New Guinea)
*Nukumanu (Nukumanu in the eastern islands of Papua New Guinea)
*Nuguria (or Nukuria) (Nuguria in the eastern islands of Papua New Guinea)

Tokelauan, spoken on Tokelau, is sometimes put in this group, and sometimes in its own subgroup of Samoic languages. According to Ethnologue, it is mutually intelligible with Tuvaluan.

* [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_family.asp?subid=90475 Ethnologue report for Ellicean]


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