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Rarotongan

A language of Cook Islands

ISO 639-3rar

Population  7,300 in Cook Islands (2008). Population total all countries: 33,220.
Region  13 Cook Islands. Also in French Polynesia, New Zealand, United States.
Language map  Cook Islands
Alternate names   Cook Island, Cook Islands Maori, Kuki Airani, Maori, Rarotongan-Mangaian
Dialects  Mitiaro, Mauke, Atiu, Mangaia, Rarotonga, Aitutaki. Lexical similarity: 83% with Tuamotuan [pmt], 79% with Hawaiian [haw], 75% with Mangareva [mrv], 73% with Marquesan [mrq].
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  Trade language.
Language development  Bible: 1851–1888.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Prepositions. Fishermen; agriculturalists: arrowroot, coconut, sweet potato, yams, taro, banana, citrus fruit, pineapple, papaya, mango, chestnut. Christian.
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