West Uvean language

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This article deals with "West Uvean" or "Fagauvea", a language of New Caledonia. For "East Uvean" or "Fakauvea", the language of Wallis Island (Uvea), see Wallisian language.
West Uvean
Native to New Caledonia
Region Ouvéa
Native speakers
2,200  (2009 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 uve
Glottolog west2516[2]

West Uvean (also Uvean or Faga Ouvéa; Fagauvea in the vernacular) is a Polynesian outlier language spoken on the island of Ouvéa, in the Loyalty island group of New Caledonia, and in the capital of Nouméa. It has long been in contact with Iaai, the Southern Oceanic language also spoken on the same island.


The speakers designate their language by the name Fagauvea, which is also the name used in French. The name West Uvean sometimes used in English is meant to distinguish the language from the related East Uvean or Wallisian, spoken on Wallis Island (ʻUvea).


  1. ^ West Uvean at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "West Uvean". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.