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Tuvaluan

A language of Tuvalu

ISO 639-3: tvl

Population 10,670 in Tuvalu (1998). Population total all countries: 13,051.
Region Tuvalu, 7 of the 9 inhabited islands. Also spoken in Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand.
Alternate names   Ellice, Ellicean, Tuvalu
Dialects North Tuvaluan (Nanumanga, Nanumea, Niutao), South Tuvaluan (Nukufetau, Vaitupu, Funafuti, Nukulaelae). Not intelligible with Samoan, which was formerly used as a mission language. Tuvalu is intelligible with Tokelau. The southern dialect is official.
Classification Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Central Pacific, East Fijian-Polynesian, Polynesian, Nuclear, Samoic-Outlier, Ellicean
Language use Official language. Vigorous.
Language development Literacy rate in first language: Most people. Bible: 1987.
Comments Little Tuvalu literature is available. Christian.