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Extinct: no
Family: Malayo-Polynesian
Branch: Polynesian
Continent: Australia
Country: French Polynesia
 
Region: NORTH: Marquesas Islands: Hatutu, Nuku Hiva, Ua Huka, Ua Pou islands. SOUTH: Marquesas Islands: Hiva Oa, Tahuta, Fatu Hiva islands.
Countries Where Spoken: NORTH: 3,400 (1981 Wurm and Hattori). SOUTH: 2,100 (1981 Wurm and Hattori).
Countries Where Official: French Polynesia
   
Native Speakers: 3,400
Speakers Total: 3,400
  
Phrasebase members who speak Marquesan at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Marquesan at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Marquesan: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Marquesan: 0
  
Three Letter Code: MRQ
Alternative Names: none
Dialects:
 
Summary: NORTH: Wurm and Hattori (1981) list North Marquesas and South Marquesas as two languages. The dialects of North Marquesas are all inherently intelligible. 50% intelligibility of Tahitian. 45% to 67% lexical similarity with Tahitian, 73% with Mangareva and Rarotonga, 70% with Hawaiian, 29% with Paumotu. Fishermen, agriculturalists: breadfruit, coconut, banana, manioc, taro, melon, sweet potato, lettuce, tomato, orange, grapefruit, coffee; copra production. NT 1995. SOUTH: The dialects listed are inherently intelligible. Wurm and Hattori (1981) list North Marquesan as a separate language. Fishermen, agriculturalists. Bible portions 1858-1905.
 

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