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Tokelauan

A language of Tokelau

ISO 639-3: tkl

Population 1,405 in Tokelau (2004). Population total all countries: 3,242.
Region Also spoken in American Samoa, New Zealand, USA.
Alternate names   Tokelau
Dialects There are dialect differences among the three atolls. Intelligible with Tuvaluan. Close to Samoan. Tokelauans read the Samoan Bible and some speak some Samoan.
Classification Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Central Pacific, East Fijian-Polynesian, Polynesian, Nuclear, Samoic-Outlier, Tokelauan
Language use Most who live in Tokelau have very rudimentary knowledge of English as a second language.
Language development Taught in primary schools. Grammar. Bible portions: 2000.
Comments Fishermen mainly; agriculturalists: coconut, taro, breadfruit, banana, arrowroot. Christian, traditional religion.