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A language of French Polynesia

Alternate Names
Tubuai-Rurutu
Population

3,000 (2007 census). Ethnic population: 8,000. L2 users: 2,000.

Location

Austral (Tubuai) Islands.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Raivavae, Rimatara, Rurutu, Tubuai. Mutually intelligible with Tahitian [tah]. Currently Raivavae, Rurutu, Tubuai and Rimatara dialects considered as dialects of Tahitian.

Language Use

Younger generation shifting to Tahitian [tah]. Also use Tahitian [tah]. Possibly less bilingual on Raivavae (Wurm 2007).

Other Comments

Christian (Protestant).