Numèè language

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Naa Numee
Native to New Caledonia
Region Nouméa, Isle of Pines
Native speakers
2,200 (2009 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 kdk
Glottolog nume1242[2]

Numèè (Naa Numee, Naa-Wee), or Kwényi, is a New Caledonian language, the one spoken at the southern tip of the island, as well as on the Isle of Pines offshore. Despite its name, it is probably not the language that gave its name to the capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa; that seems to have been its close relative Ndrumbea, which used to be spoken there. Like Ndrumbea, Numee is one of the few Austronesian languages with tones.


  1. ^ Numèè at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Numee". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 

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