Moriori
Language facts sheet by Niklas Jonsson
©1997-1999 POLLI & Niklas Jonsson

A bibliography of works refered to in this file may be found in the Polynesian Literature List.


Country/territory where spoken
New Zealand

Geographical region
Chatham Islands

Language codes
MOR (POLLI); MOR (Biggs 1971)

Genetic affiliation
Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Central Pacific, Eastern Fiji-Polynesian, Polynesian, Nuclear Polynesian, East Polynesian, Central Polynesian, Tahitic

Moriori speaking population
None - language extict.

Status of language
Extinct

Alphabet
A, E, I, O, U, WH, NG, H, K, M, N, P, R, T, W - Maori alphabet; may be incorrect for Moriori. The last sound of every word - always a vowel - is frequently dropped (Shand 1894:76).

Word order typology
VSO

Remarks
Moriori is sometimes classified as dialect of Maori.

Data last updated
16 December 1998



SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPGY - MORIORI

GADD, BERNARD.
1987. Dare not fail: a story of the old Chatham Islands - a novel

KING, MICHAEL.
1989. Moriori: a people rediscovered

SHAND, ALEXANDER.
1894-. The Moriori of the Chatham Islands (in: Journal of the Polynesian Society, vol 3-4). Wellington. The Polynesian Society

TAYLOR, CLYDE ROMER HUGHES.
1972. A bibliography of publications on the New Zealand Maori and the Moriori of the Chatham Islands



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