Tongan

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A language of Tonga

Alternate Names
Tonga
Autonym
Faka Tonga
Population

L1 users: 104,000 (2015). Total users in all countries: 180,910.

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Language Status

1 (National). De facto national language, considered co-official with English [eng].

Dialects

Reportedly similar to Niue [niu]. Slight dialect differences north to south. Lexical similarity: 86% with Wallisian [wls], 66% with Samoan [smo].

Typology

VSO.

Language Use

Ethnic group predominantly monolingual in Tongan (1997 J. Siegel).

Language Development
Newspapers. Radio. Dictionary. Bible: 1862–1966.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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