Published November 29, 2018
This video was recorded by Daniel Krauße on Vanua Lava Island in the Pacific Nation of Vanuatu, where Isso is one of the language's two remaining speakers. In the absence of government recognition or significant institutional support, Lemerig speakers have shifted to the neighboring Mwotlap and Vera'a languages in recent decades. However, the Vanuatu government's recent decision to incorporate local languages into public schools offers new opportunities for revitalization, should the community want it. Lemerig is an Austronesian language, sharing genealogy with over a thousand mother tongues, from Malagasy to Hawaiian.