Vurës and Vera are two languages spoken in some parts of an island called Venua Lava.
(You’ve most likely never heard about it. So:
Vanua Lava (13.80° S 167.47° E) is one of the Banks Islands in Torba Province, Vanuatu. It is located about 120 km north-northeast of Espiritu Santo. There are about 1700 inhabitants today.The island measures about 25 km north-to-south and 20 km east-to-west.
The total population of people who can speak Vera is approximately 200-300.
There are as many as 1000 Vurës speakers.
The communities that speak Vera and Vurës live within an hour’s walk from each other. Intermarriage is not uncommon, and so many Vera speakers also know Vurës.
Both languages are endangered, because there are so very few speakers, and because most people in Vanuatu speak Bislama, a creole language based mostly on English**.
Hurry up, though. You probably won’t hear about those languages ever**** again :)
* The other thing Vanuatu is famous from, apart from having on average one language/2000 citizens, is cargo cults: the John Frum cargo cult, and Prince Philip cargo cult. Cargo cults are, in my opinion, the saddest and most heart-breaking illustration of what religion really is about.
*** Am I the only person who thinks this is just a little bit ironic? Heh.
**** This may change if yours truly gets a graaant! I’m not planing anything, just thinking out loud, though.