Tikopia is a Polynesian language spoken on the island of
Tikopia in the Solomon Islands by about 3,300 people. There are
also somes speakers of Tikopia on Vanikoro, another part of
the Solomon Islands. It is closely related to Anuta.
Tikopia was first documented by the Rev. W. J. Durrad in 1910,
and later by the linguist Raymond Firth, who produced a Tikopia
dictionary and other documentation. There is also a Tikopia version
of the bible.
Tikopia alphabet and pronunciation
Note: there is some debate among linguists about whether /l/ or /r/
is used in Tikopia. Early accounts found more instances of /r/, while
some later ones find only /l/.
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