Ni-Vanuatu

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Ni-Vanuatu
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Total population
245100 in Vanuatu
Regions with significant populations
Languages
English, French, Melanesian languages
Religion
Christian (Presbyterian, Anglican, Roman Catholic), Animism

Ni-Vanuatu is a demonym used to refer to all Melanesian ethnicities originating in Vanuatu. It also refers, more generally, to nationals and citizens of Vanuatu, whatever their ethnicity.1234

This recent coinage builds on the particle ni, which in some indigenous languages encodes the genitive, similar to Eng. ‘of’. Thus Ni-Vanuatu literally means ‘of Vanuatu’.

The term is mostly used in English and French, and is hardly used in Bislama, the country’s lingua franca,5 let alone in the indigenous languages of the archipelago.

NiVan is a commonly used abbreviation of Ni-Vanuatu.

See also

References

  1. ^ "RAMSI Mourns Death of Senior ni-Vanuatu Police Officer". Solomon Times. 28 April 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ni-Vanuatu arrested NZ", Radio Vanuatu, March 10, 2009
  3. ^ "Des Ni-Vanuatu en final des Masters", Agence universitaire francophone, July 31, 2008
  4. ^ "Ni-Vanuatu workers employed under RSE scheme set to increase". Radio New Zealand International. February 18, 2008. Retrieved October 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ Bislama uses more commonly such phrases as man Vanuatu (“V. person” or “V. people”) or blong Vanuatu (“from V.”).







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