POLYNESIAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE GROUP
- About us -
Talofa lava! Malo e lelei! 'Ia ora na! Aloha! Kia ora!
The Polynesian Languages and Literature Group - POLLI - is a group of people sharing an interest in, and love for, Polynesian languages, spoken in Polynesia in the South Pacific. POLLI was initiated in 1997 by Niklas Jonsson, a scholar in linguistics at the University of Stockholm, Sweden. The following is an outline of our programme:
While some Polynesian languages have a relatively large number of speakers, many others have very few, and some, unfortunately, even face extinction as living languages as the number of speakers continuously decreases. In order to make a contribution towards preventing extinction of some of the languages, and enriching the literature of others, the MAIN PROJECT of POLLI is to...
...promote efforts to writing any kind of reading material in Polynesian languages, and translate material written in other languages into as many Polynesian languages as possible (preferably all), and as a first step collect, publish and store such material in the Polynesian Text Archives on the Internet, while as a second step try to find means of publishing it in book-, magazine- or paper-form and make it available to native speakers and interested scholars and students of Polynesian languages. The reading material might be of any sort; like children stories, comic books, newspapers, magazines, dictionaries, grammars, works by well known authors, indigenous stories and legends, poetry, The Bible, etc.
POLLI is meant to FUNCTION as a means to...
...provide Polynesian language enthusiasts and interested native speakers with Polynesian texts and a forum for the discussion of linguistic issues, literary works or other subjects relative to the Polynesian languages, for the planning of the main project and other activities, and for the exchange of ideas.
The GENERAL AIM of POLLI is to...
...study, promote and foster the Polynesian languages, and thereby (1) try to prevent some languages from becoming extinct, like in the cases of Tuamotuan, Tongarevan, Niuafo'ou, etc, (2) share information about the more established Polynesian languages, such as Samoan and Tongan with many native speakers, or such as Hawaiian, which have few native speakers but is well attested, and, (3) if there is an interest, revive (to the extent possible) already extinct languages, like the Moriori language, and others.
POLLI do not seek to "freeze" any of the Polynesian languages in their present state for the sake of preservation, or prevent them from changing, since change and development is a natural part of every language, but to maintain all of the Polynesian languages as spoken and living languages, since they, in our opinion, possess such beauty and strength of expression. POLLI is a non-profitable group for people sharing an interest in, and love for, Polynesian languages.
If you are interested in Polynesian languages, or speak any of them, please, contact us. We gratefully accept text contributions in form of any written material in any Polynesian language, preferably with a translation or summary of contents in English. Contact the POLLI Text Archives manager.
A bibliography of works refered to on any of the POLLInet pages may be found in the Polynesian Literature List.
The POLLInet pages are being hosted by The University of Stockholm (Sweden), Linguistic Department