Essential documentation of seven highly endangered Oceanic languages
Dr Bill Palmer Claire Turner
Period of award
July 2006 - July 2007
British Academy (BA)
Within Oceanic, several first-order subgroups have been identified. One, Western Oceanic, is a loose grouping that includes (among others) the Meso-Melanesian linkage, a group of languages spoken on New Britain and New Ireland, on Bougainville, and in the western half of the Solomon Islands. Included in this is the New Ireland/Northwest Solomonic linkage, containing several smaller groups, one of which is Northwest Solomonic, a linkage or network of languages spoken on Bougainville (politically part of Papua New Guinea), and on the islands of Santa Isabel and Choiseul and in the New Georgia group of islands, all belonging to the Solomon Islands.
This project set out to document several highly endangered languages in the Northwest Solomonic linkage.