Pukapuka

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A language of Cook Islands

Alternate Names
Bukabukan, Pukapukan
Population

450 in Cook Islands (2011 census). Population total all countries: 2,400.

Location

Pukapuka and Nassau islands, northern Cook Islands; 200 in Rarotonga.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

None known. Not intelligible with Rarotongan [rar] or other Cook Islands languages. Related to Samoan [smo].

Typology

VSO, VOS.

Language Use

While it is spoken by almost everyone on the island including children and non-native spouses, it has few written resources and is in a diglossic relationship with Cook Islands Maori, the national language.

Writing

Latin script [Latn].