Series SIRENN - Solomon Islands - Rennell and Bellona Islands - Polynesian Outliers

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Quantity0.09 cm, 1 item
ProvenanceCapell, Arthur

This series contains material from the Rennell and Bellona Islands (Polynesian outliers), concentrating on the Rennellese language. It includes a typed paper on Rennellese grammar by Capell (including vocabulary, texts, and exercises).

Rennell and Bellona is a province of the Solomon Islands comprised of two atolls, Rennell and Bellona, or Mu Nggava and Mu Ngiki respectively in Polynesian. They are the only two Polynesian inhabited islands within the Solomons, the balance being primarily Melanesian with a few Micronesian island provinces. Rennell is the Southern most island in the Solomons Group.

The atolls were officially discovered by English sailors aboard the merchant ship, Bellona, in 1793. The province has a combined population of approximately 2,500. The Samoic language of the islands is, in English texts, called "Rennell".

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AC2-SIRENN101 Rennellese Grammar (compiled by Capell but not signed).
Rennellese (Rennell, Bellona) - PN outlier, Solomon Islands - Rennell & Bellona Is.
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Typescript. Consists of 1[?] lessons which consist of vocabulary, grammar, texts and exercises. No distinction is made between the two dialects. This may have been compiled for missionary or patrol officer training through ASOPA.

Creator Capell, Arthur
Control AC2-SIRENN101
Date range no date    Quantity 0.09 cm, 1 folio
Inventory Identifier IRENN101 Series SIRENN

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