Rapa

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A language of French Polynesia

Alternate Names
Rapan
Population

300 (2007 census). Ethnic population: 480. 480 (on the island; many more on other islands, esp. Tahiti).

Location

Austral Islands, Rapa (Rapa Iti) island, Ha’urei and ’Area.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

May be a dialect of Austral [aut].

Language Use

Endangered (2000 D. Tryon). Teachers desire to preserve Rapa. Shifting to Tahitian [tah] (Wurm 2007). Mainly adults. Also use French [fra]. French proficiency limited. Also use Tahitian [tah].

Language Development
Dictionary. Bible portions: 2008.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian (Protestant).