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A language of French Polynesia

ISO 639-3tah

Population  117,000 in French Polynesia (1977 census). several thousand non-Tahitians. Population total all countries: 124,260.
Region  Society Islands and some islands in the Tuamotus including the Mihiroa group. Also in New Caledonia, New Zealand, Vanuatu.
Language map  French Polynesia
Dialects  Lexical similarity: 85% with Rarotongan [rar], 76% 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  Official language.
Language development  Dictionary. Bible: 1838–1913.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Agriculturalists: taro, yams, sweet potato, corn, eggplant, tomato, melon, lettuce, coconut, breadfruit, Tahitian chestnut, mango, banana, coffee; fishermen; animal husbandry: pigs, cattle.