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
MOR (Biggs 1971)
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
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
Moriori is sometimes classified as dialect of Maori.
Data last updated
16 December 1998
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPGY - MORIORI
1987. Dare not fail: a story of the old Chatham Islands - a novel
1989. Moriori: a people rediscovered
1894-. The Moriori of the Chatham Islands (in: Journal of the
Polynesian Society, vol 3-4). Wellington. The Polynesian
TAYLOR, CLYDE ROMER HUGHES.
1972. A bibliography of publications on the New
Zealand Maori and the Moriori of the Chatham Islands