Marquesan, South

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A language of French Polynesia

Population

2,700 (2007 census). Ethnic population: 3,270.

Location

Marquesas Islands: Hiva Oa, Tahuta, Fatu Hiva islands.

Language Status

7 (Shifting). Statutory language of national identity (2004, Organic Law, No. 2004-192, Article 57).

Dialects

Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Tahuata. Dialects listed are inherently intelligible. Wurm and Hattori (1981) list North Marquesan [mrq] and South Marquesan as 2 languages.

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Dictionary. Grammar. NT.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian (Roman Catholic).