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Extinct: no
Family: Malayo-Polynesian
Branch: Polynesian
Continent: South America
Country: Chile
Region: Easter Island, 3,800 km. from Chile, 4,000 km. from Tahiti. Also spoken in French Polynesia, USA.
Countries Where Spoken: 2,400 to 2,500 including 2,200 on Easter Island; 200 to 300 on Chile mainland, Tahiti, and USA (1982 R. Weber SIL). Population total all countries 2,400 to 2,500.
Countries Where Official: Chile
Native Speakers: 2,400
Speakers Total: 2,500
Phrasebase members who speak 0 at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak 0 at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is 0: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is 0: 0
Three Letter Code: PBA
Summary: 64% lexical similarity with Hawaiian, Mangareva, Rarotonga; 63% with Marquesas; 62% with Tahitian, Paumotu. Bilingualism in Spanish. Difficult cultivation. Grammar. VSO. Literacy rate in first language: Below 1%. Literacy rate in second language: 25% to 50%. Tropical. Volcanic island. Fishermen, craftsmen.

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