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
Wallis and Futuna
Uvea (Wallis) Island of Wallis and Futuna is the original home of the language.
WAL (Grimes 1996: Ethnologue);
EUV (Biggs 1971)
Alternate language names
Uvean, Wallisian, Wallisien
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-
East Uvean speaking population
7,500 mainly on Wallis but also on Futuna (1987), 68% of the population in
Wallis and Futuna; 9,000 in New Caledonia (1982); 500 in Vanuatu (Barrett 1982);
there is also a settlement of East Uveans in Suva - size not known; 17,000
A, E, I, O, U, ', F, G , H, K, L, M, N, P, T, V (Biggs 1971, Stanley 1989) - may
Some dialect divergence between speakers on Wallis Island and in New Caledonia.
Not functionally intelligibile with Tongan. The similarities between East Uvean
and Tongan is probably due to borrowing from Tongan to East Uvean over the past
400-500 years (Kirch 1988). French is used as second language.
Data last updated
16 December 1998
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY - EAST UVEAN
1932. Langue d'Uvea. Paris. Librarie orientaliste Paul Geuthner
BURROWS, EDWIN G.
1934. Ethnology of 'Uvea (Wallis Island) (in: Bernice P. Bishop Museum
KIRCH, PATRICK VINTON.
1976. Ethno-archaeological investigations in Futuna and 'Uvea (Western
Polynesia): A preliminary report (in: Journal of the Polynesian Society
vol 85, no 1, p 27-69)
RENCH, KARL H.
1984. Dictionnaire Wallisien-Francais (in series: Pacific Linguistics, series C, no 86)
1971. Portions of the Bible