Manihiki-Rakahanga
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
Cook Islands

Geographical region
Islands of Manihiki and Rakahanga in northern Cook Islands.

Language codes
MRA (POLLI); RKH (Grimes 1996: Ethnologue); MRA (Biggs 1971)

Alternate language names
Rakahanga-Manihiki, Manihikian

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, Tahitic

Manihiki-Rakahanga speaking population
276 on Rakahanga and 505 on Manihiki (Stanley 1989:260); probably several hundred in New Zealand; possibly some on Rarotonga; 781 total or more.

Subsistence type
Fishermen; agriculturalists: taro, coconuts.

Status of language
Needs survey.

Alphabet
A, E, I, O, U, NG, H, K, M, N, P, R, T - may be incomplete.

Remarks
Unwritten. Limited intelligibility with Rarotongan.

Data last updated
16 December 1998



SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY - MANIHIKI-RAKAHANGA

BUCK, PETER HENRY.
1988 edition. Ethnology of Manihiki and Rakahanga (in: Bernice P. Bishop Museum Bulletin no 99)

KAURAKA, K.
1988. Manihikian traditional narratives, in English and Manihikian: Stories of the Cook Islands (Na fakahiti o Manihiki)



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