Languages

Marquesan, North

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Introduction

Marquesan, North is a language of French Polynesia. It is spoken in Marquesas Islands: Nuku Hiva, Ua Huka, Ua Pou islands. Also in United States. .

Dialects

Hatutu, Nuku Hiva, Ua Huka, Ua Pou. Wurm and Hattori (1981) list North Marquesan and South Marquesan (See: Marquesan, South?) as 2 languages. North Marquesan dialects all inherently intelligible. 50% intelligibility of Tahitian (See: Tahitian). Lexical similarity: 45%–67% with Tahitian (See: Tahitian), 73% with Mangareva (See: Mangareva) and Rarotonga (See: Rarotongan), 70% with Hawaiian (See: Hawaiian), 29% with Tuamotuan (See: Tuamotuan).

The Marquesan, North Verb

Sample Verbs

to bitekakahu, nahu, nennahhu
to blowpuhi, pupuhi
to breatheha, menava, puhi i te menava
to burnhakau'a, tutu
to buyho'o, hoko
to chewkakahu, nennahhu
to choosevae
to climbhiti
to comehe'e mai, he'e mai, tihe
to cooknunu, tao
to countta/tau/, tatau
to crytaki, tani, ue
to cut, hack'ihi, 'o'oti, kokoti, taài
to die, be deadkèo, mate
to digke'i, keì (i)
to dreammoemoea
to drinkinu
to eat'ai, kai, kaikai
to fallhika (m'n), hina, huu te henua, maku'u, mekèe, moku'u, topa, vi'i
to fearha'ameta'u
to flowtahe
to flyona
to growtupu
to hear'oko, 'ono
to hidehakanaa, pu/puni/
to hitkere, paì/paì, paki/paki, patu, pehi, ta, tuì, tuki, tutuki
to holdííma, mau, to'o
to hunttatai, tute
to killhaámate, kukumi, pehi
to know, be knowledgeable'ite, hani
to laughàta, kata
to lie downmoe
to live, be alivepohu'e, pohué
to open, uncoverpe'ua, pepeu
to plantnanu
to pound, beattuì, tuki
to saype'au, peáu, teáo, tekao
to scratchtuve'e, tuveé
to seeíte, ti'ohi
to sewtui
to shootpuhi, toi
to sitnoho
to sleephiamoe
to sniff, smellhoki, hone, kaka'a
to spittufa, tuha
to splitkoava, vahi
to squeeze'omi, hota, koko, naku
to stab, piercehuki, paaoka
to standmaa'oo, tuu
to stealkai hue, kamo
to suck'omo
to swellhete, huhu'a
to swimkau
to thinkma'akau, maákau
to throwtauke, tiì, tio'a
to tie up, fastenfitiì, hitiki, nani, nati
to turnkavi'i, kavií
to walkhèe, taha
to vomit'ua
to workhana
to yawnmama

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