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
Atolls of Reao and Pukarua 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
Reao speaking population
450 (Wurm/Hattori 1981); 450 total.
Status of language
The Reao language 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 Reao 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
17 December 1998
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY - REAO
1919. Notes sur le dialecte Paumotu (in: Bulletin de la Société des
Études Océaniennes, no 5, p 30-46).
1953. Tuamotuan Kinship Terms (Kinship terms from Reao on
p 161) (in: Ethnos, no 3-4/1953, p 155-166). Stockholm. The
Ethnografical Museum of Sweden
HATANAKA, S./SHIBATA, N. (editors).
1982. Reao report. Kanazawa. The University of Kanazawa
STIMSON, J. FRANK (edited by Marshall, Donald Stanley).
1964. A dictionary of some Tuamotuan dialects of the Polynesian