Niuafo’ou

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A language of Tonga

Population

1,000, all users. L1 users: 500 (2015 S. Tuilautala). L2 users: 500 (2015 S. Tuilautala). Ethnic population: 1,500 (2011 census). 523 on Niuafo’ou (2010), many elsewhere.

Location

’Eua and Tongatapu divisions; Ongo Niua division: Niuafo’ou island.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Probably a dialect of East Uvean [wls] (Wallisian).

Typology

VSO; prepositions; dual number; 5 articles (ordinary and emotional specific/non-specific and quantitative), definiteness also marked by stress accent; 12 consonants and 5 vowels; stress on penultimate syllable; inclusive/exclusive pronouns, including singulars.

Language Use

Used in private when no Tongans present. Not used in church.

Language Development
Grammar.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.

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