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
Islands of Napuka and Tepoto in the Tuamotu archipelago.
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, East
Polynesian, Central Polynesian, Tahitic
Napukan speaking population
270 (Wurm/Hattori 1981); 270 total.
Status of language
Napukan is probably near extinct - Tahitian and French (and perhaps Tuamotuan to
some extent) seem to be replacing it. French is used as language of instruction
in schools. The Napukan language is commonly classified as a Tuamotuan dialect,
though it seems to differ in many ways from Tuamotuan (Audran 1919, Notes sur le
dialecte Paumotu, p 46).
Data last updated
16 December 1998
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY - NAPUKAN
1919. Notes sur le dialecte Paumotu (in: Bulletin de la Société des
Études Océaniennes, no 5, p 30-46)
1919. Étude linguistique du dialecte particulier de Napuka (in:
Bulletin de la Société des Études Océaniennes, no 5, p 36-41)
STIMSON, J. FRANK (edited by Marshall, Donald Stanley).
1964. A dictionary of some Tuamotuan dialects of the Polynesian