Old Rapa
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
Rapa Island in the Austral Islands Group.

Language codes
RPO (POLLI)

Alternate language names
Old Rapan

Genetic affiliation
Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Central Pacific, Polynesian, Nuclear Polynesian, East Polynesian, Central Polynesian, Marquesic

Old Rapa speaking population
None - language extict. Ethnic group: 400 (1977).

Subsistence type
Agriculturalists: taro, coconut, orange, banana, coffee; fishermen; livestock (goats, cattle)

Status of language
Extinct

Alphabet
Needs survey

Remarks
Distinct from modern Rapa according to Stokes (1955).

Data last updated
11 November 1999



SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY - OLD RAPA

STOKES, J.F.G.
1955. Language in Rapa (in: Journal of the Polynesian Society, vol 64, pp 315-340). Wellington. Polynesian Society



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