Rapa Nui

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A language of Chile

Alternate Names
Easter Island, Pascuense, Rapanui
Population

2,400 in Chile (Wurm 2007). Population total all countries: 2,700.

Location

Easter Island, 3,800 km from Chile, 4,000 km from Tahiti.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

None known. Lexical similarity: 64% with Hawaiian [haw], Mangareva [mrv], and Rarotongan [rar]; 63% with Marquesan [mrq]; 62% with Tahitian [tah] and Tuamotuan [pmt].

Typology

VSO.

Language Use

Was vigorous, but now declining. Young generation losing interest in the language. Revival efforts are in progress (Wurm 2007). Home, education. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 2003.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].