Takuu
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

Geographical region
Takuu Atoll in the North Solomons Province (Lakoa Fernando Fitina 1997, personal communication).

Language codes
TAK (POLLI); NHO (Grimes 1996: Ethnologue); TAK (Biggs 1971)

Alternate language names
Tauu, Taku, Tau, Mortlock

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, Ellicean

Takuu speaking population
250 (Wurm/Hattori 1981); 250 total.

Status of language
Work in progress.

Alphabet
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).

Remarks
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 communication).

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)

REEDY, TAMATI.
1977. The -Cia suffix in Takuu (mimeo). Honolulu. University of Hawaii



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