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Marquesan, South

A language of French Polynesia

ISO 639-3mqm

Population  2,100 (Wurm and Hattori 1981).
Region  Marquesas Islands: Hiva Oa, Tahuta, Fatu Hiva islands.
Language map  French Polynesia
Dialects  Hiva Oa, Tahuta, Fatu Hiva. Dialects listed are inherently intelligible. Wurm and Hattori (1981) list North Marquesan as a separate language.
Classification  Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Central Pacific, East Fijian-Polynesian, Polynesian, Nuclear, East, Central, Marquesic
Language development  Bible portions: 1858–1905.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Fishermen; agriculturalists.
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