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. Population figure adapted from 2009 census figure of 15,586 includes many second language speakers.

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. Fairly widely spoken church and regional language, although this use decreasing with increase of French [fra]. Positive attitudes.

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

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.