Iaai

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A language of New Caledonia

Alternate Names
Hwen Iaai, Iai, Yai
Population

4,080 (2009 census). 57% live in greater Nouméa.

Location

Loyalty Islands province: Ouvéa.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Typology

SVO; 2 noun classes (proper and common) with 4 collective prefixes and 20 classificatory prefixes; dual and paucal numbers; definite and indefinite articles; 37 consonants and 20 vowels; stress on first syllable; inclusive/exclusive pronouns; alienable/inalienable possession.

Language Use

Some young people, all adults. Positive attitudes. Many also use Fagauvea [uve] (Lynch 2002a).

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Taught in secondary schools, at one junior high school. Literature. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1901.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.

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