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
Anuta (Cherry) Island in the Temotu Province.
AUD (Grimes 1996: Ethnologue);
ANU (Biggs 1971)
Alternate language names
Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Eastern
Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Central
Pacific, Eastern Fiji-Polynesian, Polynesian, Nuclear Polynesian, Samoic-
Anutan speaking population
300 (Besnier 1992); 300 total.
Status of language
There is a high degree of intelligibility between Anutan and Tikopian. Anutan
people seem to understand Tikopian more easily than the reverse (Feinberg 1977).
Tryon (in Wurm/Hattori 1981) lists Anutan as a dialect of Tikopian, while P.C.
Lincoln (also in Wurm/Hattori 1981) lists Anutan as a separate language.
Speakers are thought to be descendants of people from Wallis and Futuna (Stanley
Data last updated
4 December 1996
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY - ANUTAN
1977. The Anutan language reconsidered: Lexicon and Grammar of a Polynesian
outlier (2 volumes)
YEN, D.E./GORDON, JANET.
1973. Anuta: A Polynesian outlier in the Solomon Islands. Honolulu. Bernice P. Bishop Museum Press