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Central Vanuatu
Geographic
distribution:
Vanuatu
Genetic
classification
:
Austronesian
 Malayo-Polynesian
  Oceanic
   Central-Eastern
    Southern Oceanic
     Vanuatu
      North-Central Vanuatu
       Central Vanuatu
Subdivisions:

The languages of the Central Vanuatu family belong to the Nuclear Southern Oceanic language family. There are half a dozen languages, all spoken in the province of Shefa, central Vanuatu, on the islands of Epi, Éfaté, and the many small islands of the Shepherds Group.

Components

The primary division is between Namakir, of the Shepherds Islands, and the languages of Efate. These are South Efate, North Efate, Eton, Lelepa, and Namakura.

North and South Efate are sometimes classified separately. (See South Efate language.)


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