Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Meso Melanesian
The number of Kokota speakers is probably approaching 1,200
Kokota is the normal language of communication in all three villages where it is spoken. It is used for most purposes except schooling where English or Pijin are used. Church services are usually in Pijin.
Kokota may be at risk from Zabana and Cheke Holo which are spreading throughout the island. Many speakers express the opinion that Cheke Holo will eventually be spoken by everyone on Santa Isabel.
Kokota is spoken on Santa Isabel in three villages; Goveo, Sisiga, and Hurepelo.
In 1990, 200 speakers were reported. There may be fewer now.
Cheke Holo (or Maringhe)
Zabana (or Kia)
No literacy in language
Northeastern and southwestern coast of the central part of Santa Isabel Island