Published January 29, 2018
This video was recorded by Sarah Doyle in Sola, the capital village of Torba Province, Vanuatu. Mwotlap is spoken by as many as 2,100 people, primarily across the Pacific islands of Mota Lava, Ra, Vanua Lava and Espiritu Santu. A member of the Austronesian linguistic family, Mwotlap is closely related to dozens of languages across the north of Vanuatu, including Mwesen, Vurës, and Sa, as well as more than a thousand mother tongues spoken in communities across the Pacific. In recent decades, a significant body of academic literature has been published about Mwotlap, especially research led by the linguist Alexandre François.