Language facts sheet by Niklas Jonsson
©1997-2001 POLLI & Niklas Jonsson
A bibliography of works refered to in this file may be found in the
Polynesian Literature List.
Country/territory where spoken
Papua New Guinea
Takuu Atoll in the North Solomons Province (Lakoa Fernando Fitina 1997, personal
NHO (Grimes 1996: Ethnologue);
TAK (Biggs 1971)
Alternate language names
Tauu, Taku, Tau, Mortlock
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-
Takuu speaking population
250 (Wurm/Hattori 1981); 250 total.
Status of language
Work in progress.
A, U, F, NG, H, K, L, M, N, P, T, V (Biggs 1971:480) - may be incomplete. F may
be pronounced either as F or as H (Lakoa Fernando Fitina 1997, personal
communication). Loss of an unstressed vowel between identical consonants may
occur (Biggs 1971:482).
Distinct from Nukumanu and Nukuria in Papua New Guinea, and Luanguia and
Sikaiana in Solomon Islands, although very closely related to all of them. The
village on Takuu is called Nukutoa (Lakoa Fernando Fitina 1997, personal
Data last updated
3 March 2001
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY - TAKUU
RAY, SIDNEY H.
1912-. Polynesian linguistics: past and future (A series of articles
running through Journal of the Polynesian Society, vol 21-30) (vol 26, p
99-103, include information about Takuu)
1977. The -Cia suffix in Takuu (mimeo). Honolulu. University of