Reao
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
French Polynesia

Geographical region
Atolls of Reao and Pukarua in the Tuamotu archipelago

Language codes
REA (POLLI)

Alternate language names
Reaoan

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

Reao speaking population
450 (Wurm/Hattori 1981); 450 total.

Status of language
Needs survey

Alphabet
Needs survey

Remarks
The Reao language is probably near extinct - Tahitian and French (and perhaps Tuamotuan to some extent) seem to be replacing it. French is used as language of instruction in schools. The Reao language is commonly classified as a Tuamotuan dialect, though it seems to differ in many ways from Tuamotuan (Audran 1919, Notes sur le dialecte Paumotu, p 46).

Data last updated
17 December 1998



SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY - REAO

AUDRAN, P.H.
1919. Notes sur le dialecte Paumotu (in: Bulletin de la Société des Études Océaniennes, no 5, p 30-46).

DANIELSSON, BENGT.
1953. Tuamotuan Kinship Terms (Kinship terms from Reao on p 161) (in: Ethnos, no 3-4/1953, p 155-166). Stockholm. The Ethnografical Museum of Sweden

HATANAKA, S./SHIBATA, N. (editors).
1982. Reao report. Kanazawa. The University of Kanazawa

STIMSON, J. FRANK (edited by Marshall, Donald Stanley).
1964. A dictionary of some Tuamotuan dialects of the Polynesian language



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