East Uvean
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

Geographical region
Uvea (Wallis) Island of Wallis and Futuna is the original home of the language.

Language codes
EUV (POLLI); WAL (Grimes 1996: Ethnologue); EUV (Biggs 1971)

Alternate language names
Uvean, Wallisian, Wallisien

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, Samoic- Outlier, Wallisian

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 total.

Alphabet
A, E, I, O, U, ', F, G , H, K, L, M, N, P, T, V (Biggs 1971, Stanley 1989) - may be incomplete.

Remarks
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

BATAILLON, PIERRE.
1932. Langue d'Uvea. Paris. Librarie orientaliste Paul Geuthner

BURROWS, EDWIN G.
1934. Ethnology of 'Uvea (Wallis Island) (in: Bernice P. Bishop Museum Bulletin 145)

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)

[TRAD.].
1971. Portions of the Bible

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