Drehu

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A language of New Caledonia

Alternate Names
Dehu, De’u, Lifou, Lifu, Qene Drehu
Population

13,000 (2009), increasing. 60% live in greater Nouméa. The 2009 census figure of 15,586 includes many second language speakers. Population figure adapted from 2009 census.

Location

Loyalty Islands, Lifou and Tiga.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Minimal dialect difference between the 3 districts of Wetr, Gaica and Mu.

Typology

Word order depends on tense

Language Use

Vigorous. Widely spoken church and regional language. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Taught at secondary and junior college levels and various other schools. Poetry. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1890.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Christian.