Authored by: John Lynch

The Oceanic Languages

Print publication date:  December  2001
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780700711284
eBook ISBN: 9780203820384
Adobe ISBN: 9781136749858


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Marquesan is spoken in the Marquesas Islands, part of French Polynesia, by about 6000 speakers; it is known to its speakers as Te ‘Eo ‘Enana (the language of the people). The dialect situation is complex, and ‘the difference between the northern and southern speech, and even between that of neighbouring islands, is not a myth as has been recently written’ (Zewen 1987, Introduction), so much so that the northern dialects have sometimes been classified as a different language from those in the south. The dialect described here is that of Nukuhiva, in the northern part of the group. Earlier work includes that of Dordillon (1931), though this sketch is based on Zewen (1987).

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