Mangareva

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A language of French Polynesia

Alternate Names
Mangarevan
Population

600 (2011 census). Ethnic population: 1,340 on Gambier Islands; many throughout French Polynesia.

Location

Gambier Islands, Mangareva island, Rikitea settlement.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting). Language of recognized nationality (2004, Organic Law, No. 2004-192, Article 57).

Dialects

Lexical similarity: 75% with Rarotongan [rar], 73% with Marquesan [mrq], 72% with Tuamotuan [pmt], 50%–68% with Tahitian [tah].

Language Use

Some also use Tahitian [tah]; 65% average comprehension of those tested.

Language Development
Poetry. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1908.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Christian.