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Marquesan, North

A language of French Polynesia

ISO 639-3mrq

Population  3,400 in French Polynesia (Wurm and Hattori 1981). Population total all countries: 3,690.
Region  Marquesas Islands: Hatutu, Nuku Hiva, Ua Huka, Ua Pou islands. Also in United States.
Language map  French Polynesia
Dialects  Hatutu, Nuku Hiva, Ua Huka, Ua Pou. Wurm and Hattori (1981) list North Marquesan and South Marquesan [mqm] as 2 languages. North Marquesan dialects all inherently intelligible. 50% intelligibility with Tahitian [tah]. Lexical similarity: 45%–67% with Tahitian [tah], 73% with Mangareva [mrv] and Rarotonga [rar], 70% with Hawaiian [haw], 29% with Tuamotuan [pmt].
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  NT: 1995.
Comments  Fishermen; agriculturalists: breadfruit, coconut, banana, manioc, taro, melon, sweet potato, lettuce, tomato, orange, grapefruit, coffee; copra production.
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