Niuatoputapu
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
Tonga

Geographical region
Niuatoputapu Island in Tonga.

Language codes
NTP (POLLI); NKP (Grimes 1996: Ethnologue); NTU (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, Samoic- Outlier, Unclassified Samoic-Outlier

Niuatoputapu speaking population
None - language extict. Ethnic group: 1,630 (1981).

Status of language
Extinct

Alphabet
A, I, O, T, S, L, M, K according to the sounds found in the words listed in Biggs (1971:491) - definatele incomplete.

Remarks
Known from a few words collected by Le Maire in the 17th century. Became extinct before the 19th century. The ethnic group speaks Tongan.

Data last updated
16 December 1998



SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY - NIUATOPUTAPU

BIGGS, BRUCE.
1971 edition. The Languages of Polynesia (in: Sebeok, Thomas A. (editor). Current Trends in Linguistics, vol 8, p 466-505)

DYE, THOMAS S.
1983. Fish and fishing on Niuatoputapu (including fish names which are probably remnants of the Niuatoputapu language) (in: Oceania, vol 53, p 242-71)

KERN, R.A.
1948. The vocabularies of Jacob Le Maire (Includes wordlists from Niuatoputapu and East Futuna) (in: Acta orientalia 20, p 216- 37)

KIRCH, PATRICK VINTON.
1988. Niuatoputapu: the prehistory of a Polynesian chiefdom

ROGERS, G.A.
1973. Report on archaeological survey in Niuatoputapu Island (in: Working papers in anthropology, arcaeology, linguistics, and Maori studies no 28)

ROGERS, G.A.
1975. Kai and kava in Niuatoputapu

SAINT JOHN, H.
1977. The flora of Niuatoputapu Island (in: Phytologia 36, p 374-90)

SCHOUTEN, W.
1619. A wonderful voyage round about the world (an account of the journey on which Le Maire collected a Niuatoputapu wordlist)

SCHOUTEN, W.
1968 (reprint). A wonderful voyage round about the world (an account of the journey on which Le Maire collected a Niuatoputapu wordlist)



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