Marquesas Islands | demographics
|Past estimates and official figures from past censuses.|
The places of birth of the 8,632 residents of the Marquesas Islands at the 2007 census were the following:
The North Marquesan dialects are spoken on the islands of
The most striking feature of the Marquesan languages is their almost universal replacement of the /r/ or /l/ of other Polynesian languages by a /ʔ/ (glottal stop).
Like other Polynesian languages, the phonology of Marquesan languages is characterised by a paucity of consonants and a comparative abundance of vowels.
At the 2007 census, 94.1% of the population whose age was 15 and older reported that they could speak French. 90.2% reported that they could also read and write it. Only 4.4% of the population whose age was 15 and older had no knowledge of French.
At the same census, 67.8% of the population whose age was 15 and older reported that the language they spoke the most at home was
7.2% of the population whose age was 15 and older reported that they had no knowledge of any Polynesian language at the 2007 census.