Natügu language

Santa Cruz
Native to Solomon Islands
Region Santa Cruz Islands, Eastern Solomons.
Native speakers
5,900  (1999)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 stcinclusive code
Individual codes:
ntu – Natügu
nlz – Nalögo

The Santa Cruz language (locally known as Natügu) is the main language spoken on the island of Nendö or 'Santa Cruz', in the Solomon Islands.

Genetic affiliation

It was widely believed until recently that Santa Cruz was a Papuan language. Like the rest of the Reefs – Santa Cruz languages, however, it has been shown to be a member of the Austronesian language family.[2]


Dialects are Bënwë (Banua), Londai, Malo, Nea, Nooli. Speakers of most dialects understand Lwowa and Mbanua well. The Nea and Nooli dialects are the most divergent, actually a separate language (Nalögo).


  1. ^ Santa Cruz at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Natügu at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Nalögo at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Næss, Åshild and Brenda H. Boerger (2008). "Reefs – Santa Cruz as Oceanic: Evidence from the Verb Complex". Oceanic Linguistics 47: 185–212. doi:10.1353/ol.0.0000. 

External links

  • Buk Ngr Nzangiongr Anglican Book of Worship in the Natqgu Language

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