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Tuamotuan

A language of French Polynesia

ISO 639-3pmt

Population  14,400 (1987). 6,700 on Tuamotu (1977 census), 2,000 in Tahiti (Voegelin and Voegelin 1977).
Region  Tuamotu, Tahiti.
Language map  French Polynesia
Alternate names   Pa’umotu
Dialects  Vahitu, Tapuhoe, Napuka, Reao, Fangatau (Tupitimoake), Parata (Putahi), Marangai. Lexical similarity: 83% with Rarotongan [rar], 77% with Hawaiian [haw].
Classification  Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Central Pacific, East Fijian-Polynesian, Polynesian, Nuclear, East, Central, Tahitic
Language use  Dialect variations disappearing with more use of Tahitian [tah]. Possibly less proficiency in Tahitian [tah] on Napuka and Reao.
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