Language background

Solos is a language of the Nehan/North Bougainville subgroup of the Northwest Solomonic grouping of Oceanic, although its exact place within its subgroup is unknown. Solos is spoken in the mountainous interior of the island of Buka, in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. According to Ethnologue, citing Lincoln (1977), the language had 3,200 speakers in 1977. It's current speaker numbers are unkown.


One text was recorded on Buka by Bill Palmer in 2006.

Listen to the text audio here.

View an interlinearized transcript of the text here.

Look at a photo of the speaker, Hilary Masiria, with his wife Loretta Masiria, here.


A dictionary of Solos (Palmer, Bill (2007) Solos dictionary) is available here.


No grammatical descriptions of Solos exist.


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Bill Palmer 2007