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
2 villages on Rapa Island in the Austral Islands Group.

Language codes
RAP (POLLI); RAY (Grimes 1996: Ethnologue); RAP (Biggs 1971)

Alternate language names
Rapan

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

Rapa speaking population
400 (Moseley / Asher 1994); 400 total.

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

Status of language
Needs survey

Alphabet
Needs survey

Remarks
May be a dialect of Tubuai-Rurutu. Tahitian is spoken as second language and used in church. School attendance is required to age 14, instruction is in French. French proficiency is limited.

Data last updated
4 July 2001



SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY - RAPA

HANSON, F. ALLAN.
1970. Rapan lifeways: Society and history on a Polynesian island. Boston

HANSON, F. ALLAN/O'REILLY, PATRICK.
1973. Bibliographie de Rapa, Polynésie française (in: Publications de la Société des Océanistes, no 32)

HANSON, F. ALLAN.
1973. Rapa: une île polynésienne hier et aujourd'hui (in: Publications de la Société des Océanistes, no 33) (there is also a translation of this paper into English by Pelloli, Odette)

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



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