Nanggu language

Native to Solomon Islands
Region Nendo Island
Native speakers
210  (1999)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ngr
Glottolog nang1262[2]

Engdewu (formerly Nanggu, Nagu), is one of two Reefs – Santa Cruz languages spoken on Nendö Island (the other is called Santa Cruz). It was described in 2013 by linguist Anders Vaa.[3]


The language used to be known by outsiders as Nanggu (IPA: ), from the name of one of the villages where it is still spoken. This name is also spelled Nangu or Nagu.

The local population prefers to name the language Engdewu, after the name of the ancient village where it was initially spoken.[4][5] This name has now been adopted by linguists.[1]


  • Boerger, Brenda; Næss, Åshild; Vaa, Anders; Emerine, Rachel; Hoover, Angela. 2012. Sociological factors in Reefs-Santa Cruz language vitality: a 40 year retrospective. International Journal of the Sociology of Language. Volume 2012, Issue 214, Pages 111–152, ISSN (Online) 1613-3668, ISSN (Print) 0165-2516, DOI: 10.1515/ijsl-2012-0023.
  • Vaa, Anders. 2013. A Grammar of Engdewu. An Oceanic language of Solomon Islands. Doctoral thesis, U. of Oslo, Norway. 588 pp.


  1. ^ a b Engdewu at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Nanggu". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ See Vaa (2013).
  4. ^ See ISO639-3 renaming proposal.
  5. ^ See Boerger et al., p.130.

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