Tuamotuan language

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Reo Pa‘umotu
Reko Pa‘umotu
Native to French Polynesia
Region the Tuamotus, Tahiti
Native speakers
4,000  (2007 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 pmt
Glottolog tuam1242[2]

The Tuamotuan language or Paumotuan (Paumotuan: Re‘o Pa‘umotu or Reko Pa‘umotu[3]) is a Tahitic language spoken by about 6700 people in the Tuamotu Islands with an additional 2000 speakers in Tahiti. It has seven dialects or linguistic areas[4] covering Parata, Vahitu, Maraga, Fagatau, Tapuhoe, Napuka and Mihiro.

It is a Polynesian language belonging to the greater family of Austronesian languages.

Pa‘umotu is closely related to the languages of eastern Polynesian including Hawaiian, Māori, Cook Islands Māori and Rapa Nui, the language of Easter Island.

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Tuamotuan at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Tuamotuan". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ The glottal stop is more or less strongly pronounced in a series of words, according to the dialects
  4. ^ Carine Chamfrault (26 December 2008). "L’académie pa‘umotu, "reconnaissance d’un peuple"" [The Pa‘umotu Academy , “recognition of a people”]. La Dépêche de Tahiti (in French). Retrieved 4 November 2010.