Wallisian language

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Spoken in

Wallis and Futuna , New Caledonia
speaker at least 20,000


Malayo Polynesian
Central Eastern Malayo Polynesian
East Malayo Polynesian
Central East Oceanic
Central Pacific
East Fijian Polynesian
Core Polynesian
  • Wallisian language
Language codes
ISO 639-3


The Wallisian or ʻuveanic language (own name Fakaʻuvea , French. Wallisien ) is the autochthonous language of the Wallis archipelago with the main island of Uvéa (French also Wallis , Wallisian. ʻUvea ), which belongs to the French overseas territory of Wallis and Futuna in the South Pacific .

Wallisian belongs to the Core Polynesian group within the Polynesian branch of the Austronesian language family . It is related to, but not identical to, Futunic (its own name is Fakafutuna , French: futunien ), the language of Futuna , the second main island in the overseas territory.

In Wallis and Futuna, Wallisian is spoken as their mother tongue by around 10,000 of the approximately 15,000 inhabitants , the rest are speakers of Futunian and a few hundred French native speakers, mostly of European origin. There are at least as many speakers in the French overseas territory of New Caledonia , where around 18,000 emigrants from Wallis and Futuna live who have generally retained their languages.

Web links


  1. http://www.tlfq.ulaval.ca/axl/pacifique/wallis-futuna.htm
  2. http://www.tlfq.ulaval.ca/axl//pacifique/ncal2demo.htm