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Extinct: no
Family: Malayo-Polynesian
Branch: Polynesian
Continent: Australia
Country: Tonga
Region: Also spoken in American Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, USA, Vanuatu.
Countries Where Spoken: 103,200 in Tonga (1987), 98.3% of the population. Population total all countries 123,000 or more (1993).
Countries Where Official: Tonga
Native Speakers: 123,000
Speakers Total: 123,000
Phrasebase members who speak Tongan at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Tongan at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Tongan: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Tongan: 0
Three Letter Code: TOV
Alternative Names: TONGA
Summary: Closely related to Niue. There are slight dialect differences from north to south. 86% lexical similarity with Wallisian, 66% with Samoan. The ethnic group is predominantly monolingual in Tongan (1997 J. Siegel). National language. Dictionary. VSO. Newspapers, radio programs. Agriculturalists. Bible 1862-1966.

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