Rotuman is a member of the Oceanic branch of the Malayo-Polynesian language family. It is spoken mainly in the Rotuma islands of Fiji. In 2002 there were about 7,500 speakers of Rotuman, which is also known as Rotunan or Rutuma.
Rotuman was first written by French and English missionaries, who developed different spelling systems for the language. Today the system invented by the English Methodist missionary Reverend C. M. Churchward in the 1920s and 1930s is generally used. He also produced the "Rotuman Grammar and Dictionary".
'Otomis Ö'faat täe 'e lạgi,
'Ou asa la äf'ȧk la ma'ma',
'Ou pure'aga la leum, 'ou rere la sok,
fak ma 'e lạgi, la tape'ma 'e rän te'.
'Äe la naam se 'ạmisa, 'e terạnit 'e 'i,
ta 'etemis tela'a la tạumar,
Ma 'äe la fạu'ạkia te' ne 'otomis sara,
la fak ma ne 'ạmis tape'ma re vạhia se iris ne sar se 'ạmisag.
Ma 'äe se hoa' 'ạmis se faksara; 'äe la sại'ạkia 'ạmis 'e raksa'a.
Ko pure'aga, ma ne'ne'i, ma kolori, mou ma ke se 'äeag, se av se 'es gata'ag ne tore. 'Emen
Information about the Rotuman language
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