Linguistic Atlas of French Polynesia

Abstract : The vast territory of French Polynesia is home to seven distinct languages – Tahitian, Austral, Ra'ivavae, Rapa, Mangarevan, Marquesan, and Pa'umotu – which in turn show internal variation. The fruit of ten years of joint work by two linguists of French CNRS, Jean-Michel Charpentier and Alexandre François, the Linguistic Atlas of French Polynesia pays tribute to the rich linguistic landscape of the country by documenting thoroughly twenty different communalects, in the form of 2250 maps. Organised by topics (body, life, individual and society, culture and technology, flora and fauna), these lexical maps are supplemented by explanatory notes and indexes in French, English, Tahitian. Text chapters in French and English present the social profile and the historical dynamics of the territory's languages, which are all endangered to various extents. Published in open access, this multilingual and comparative atlas provides an essential reference to scholars and teachers alike, as well as to a broader audience keen to explore and preserve the linguistic heritage of the Pacific region.
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Jean-Michel Charpentier, Alexandre François. Linguistic Atlas of French Polynesia. De Gruyter Mouton; Université de la Polynésie française, 2562 p., 2015, 978-3-11-026035-9. ⟨10.1515/9783110260359⟩. ⟨⟩. ⟨hal-01120553⟩



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