Tuamotuan language

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Reo Pa‘umotu
Reko Pa‘umotu
Native to French Polynesia
Region the Tuamotus, Tahiti
Ethnicity 15,600 (2007 census?)[1]
Native speakers
4,000 in Tuamotu (2007 census)[2]
many additional speakers in Tahiti[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 pmt
Glottolog tuam1242[3]

Tuamotuan, Pa‘umotu or Paumotu (Paumotu: Re‘o Pa‘umotu or Reko Pa‘umotu) is a Polynesian language spoken by 4,000 people in the Tuamotu archipelago, with an additional 2,000 speakers in Tahiti.[citation needed]


Paumotu has seven dialects or linguistic areas: covering Parata, Vahitu, Maraga, Fagatau, Tapuhoe, Napuka and Mihiro.[4][5]

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.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Tuamotuan language at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ a b Tuamotuan at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Tuamotuan". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  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. 
  5. ^ See Charpentier & François (2015).