West Uvean
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
New Caledonia

Geographical region
Spoken in the villiges of Mouli, Lekine and St. Joseph on the Uvea (Ouvea) Atoll in the Loyalty Island Group (Stanley 1989:591).

Language codes
WUV (Niklas Jonsson); UVE (Grimes 1996: Ethnologue); WUV (Biggs 1971)

Alternate language names
Ua (Stanley 1989:592), Faga Uvea

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, Futunic

West Uvean speaking population
1,870 (Summer Institute of Linguistics 1982); 1,870 total.

Subsistence type
Fishermen; agriculturalists: taro, sweet potato; hunters

Status of language
Needs survey

Alphabet
A, E, I, O, U, F, NG, K, L, M, N, P, S, T, V (Biggs 1971:481, Stanley 1989) - may be incomplete. L may be pronounced either as L or as R (Biggs 1971:481).

Word order typology
Probably VSO

Remarks
May belong to the Wallisian subgroup instead of the Futunic subgroup (Stanley 1989:592). Speakers are thought to be descendants of people from Wallis (Stanley 1989:591). The language is distinct from East Uvean spoken on Wallis.

Data last updated
19 January 1997



SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY - WEST UVEAN

GUIART, JEAN.
1952. Les origines de la population d'Ouveá (Loyalty) (in: Étud mélanés, no 6, p 26-35)

LEVERD, A.
1922. Polynesian linguistics I (in: Journal of the Polynesian Society, vol 31, p 94-103)



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