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Tahitian language

Tahitian (autonym Reo Tahiti, part of Reo Māohi, languages of French Polynesia) is a Polynesian language, spoken mainly on the Society Islands in French Polynesia. It belongs to the Eastern Polynesian group.

As Tahitian had no written tradition before the arrival of the Western colonists, the spoken language was first transcribed by missionaries of the London Missionary Society in the early 19th century.

Tahitian is the most prominent of the indigenous Polynesian languages spoken in French Polynesia (reo mā’ohi). The latter also include:

* Marquesan, spoken by about 8,000 people in the Marquesas Islands, with two sub-divisions, North-Western (ʻeo ʻenana) and South-Eastern (ʻeo ʻenata)

* Pa'umotu (reo pa'umotu), spoken by about 4,000 people in the Tuamotu Islands

* Austral, spoken by about 3,000 people in the Austral Islands

* Rapa, spoken by about 400 people on Rapa Iti

* Raʻivavae, spoken by about 900 people in the Austral Islands

* Mangareva, spoken by about 600 people in the Gambier Islands

Country

French Polynesia

French Polynesia (Polynésie française ; Pōrīnetia Farāni) is an overseas collectivity of the French Republic and the only overseas country of France. It is composed of 118 geographically dispersed islands and atolls stretching over an expanse of more than 2000 km in the South Pacific Ocean. Its total land area is 4167 km2.

French Polynesia is divided into five groups of islands: the Society Islands archipelago, composed of the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands; the Tuamotu Archipelago; the Gambier Islands; the Marquesas Islands; and the Austral Islands. Among its 118 islands and atolls, 67 are inhabited. Tahiti, which is located within the Society Islands, is the most populous island, having close to 69% of the population of French Polynesia. Papeete, located on Tahiti, is the capital. Although not an integral part of its territory, Clipperton Island was administered from French Polynesia until 2007.

Language

Tahitian language (English)  Lingua tahitiana (Italiano)  Tahitiaans (Nederlands)  Tahitien (Français)  Tahitianische Sprache (Deutsch)  Língua taitiana (Português)  Таитянский язык (Русский)  Idioma tahitiano (Español)  Język tahitański (Polski)  大溪地語 (中文)  Tahitiska (Svenska)  タヒチ語 (日本語)  Таїтянська мова (Українська)  Таитянски език (Български)  타히티어 (한국어)  Tahitin kieli (Suomi)  Bahasa Tahiti (Bahasa Indonesia)  Taitiečių kalba (Lietuvių)  Tahitština (Česky)  Тахићански језик (Српски / Srpski)  Tahiti keel (Eesti)  Tahiti nyelv (Magyar)  Tahićanski jezik (Hrvatski)  ภาษาตาฮีตี (ไทย)  Taitiešu valoda (Latviešu)  Tiếng Tahiti (Tiếng Việt) 
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