Rapa Nui


  • Language: Rapa Nui
  • Alternate names: Easter Island, Pascuense, Rapanui
  • Language code: rap
  • Language family: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central Pacific linkage, Tokelau-Fijian, Polynesian, Nuclear Polynesian, Northern Outlier Polynesian-East Polynesian, Solomons Northern Outlier Polynesian-East Polynesian, Central Northern Outlier Polynesian-East Polynesian, East Polynesian
  • Number of speakers: 2400
  • Vulnerability: Threatened [Read more...]
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    Rapa Nui is a language of Chile. It is spoken in Easter Island, 3,800 km from Chile, 4,000 km from Tahiti. Also in French Polynesia, United States.


    Lexical similarity: 64% with Hawaiian (See: Hawaiian), Mangareva (See: Mangareva), and Rarotongan (See: Rarotongan); 63% with Marquesan (See: Marquesan, North); 62% with Tahitian (See: Tahitian) and Tuamotuan (See: Tuamotuan).

    The Rapa Nui Verb