Tuamotuan is a Polynesian language spopken by about 6,000 people mainly in the Tuamotu archipelago in French Polynesia. There are also Tuamotuan speakers in Tahiti, New Zealand, and in Hawaii, California and Florida in the USA. Tuamotuan contains many loanwords from French and Tahitian.
Tuamotuan is also known as Paʻumotu or Paumotu. Native speakers call it Reʻo Paʻumotu or Reko Paʻumotu. There are seven dialects: Parata, Vahitu, Maraga, Fagatau, Tapuhoe, Napuka and Mihiro.
There is a way to write Taumotuan with the Latin alphabet based on Tahitian spelling conventions. The language is classified as "definitely endangered" by UNESCO, however efforts are being made to revitalize it. These include language nests in which children are immersed in the language, language classes, and cultural activities.
Long vowels can be indicated with a macron (ā).
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Page created: 10.05.23. Last modified: 10.05.23
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