Magarevan
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
Gambier Islands

Language codes
MGR (POLLI); MRV (Grimes 1996: Ethnologue); MVA (Biggs 1971)

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, Marquesic

Magarevan speaking population
1,600 (1987), 1% of the population in French Polynesia; possibly including some in Society Islands; 1,600 total.

Subsistence type
Agriculturalists: breadfruit, coconut, banana, plantain, sugar cane, taro, sweet potato, yam, arrowroot, turmeric, pandanus; fishermen

Alphabet
A, E, I, O, U, G, K, M, N, P, R, T, V (may be inkomplete).

Remarks
75% lexical similarity with Rarotongan, 73% with Marquesan, 72% with Paumotu, 50% to 68% with Tahitian. Some bilingualism in Tahitian, 65% average comprehension of those tested.

Data last updated
16 December 1998



SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY - MAGAREVAN

BUCK, PETER HENRY.
1938. Ethnology of Mangareva (in: Bernice P. Bishop Museum Bulletin, no 157)

JANEAU, VINCENT-FERRIER.
1908. Grammaire et dictionnaire mangaréviens

RENCH, KARL H.
1991. Dictionnaire Mangarevien-Francais. Canberra. Archipelago Press

TREGEAR, EDWARD.
1899. A dictionary of Mangareva. Wellington. John MacKay

[TRAD.].
1908. Portions of the Bible



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