Rapa

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A language of French Polynesia

Alternate Names
Rapan, Reo Rapa
Population

300 (2007 census). Ethnic population: 515 (2012 census). Populations for Rapa island; many more on other islands, especially Tahiti.

Location

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

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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], Tahitian [tah].

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 2008.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.

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