Penrhyn language

Mangarongaro, Penrhynese, Tongareva
Native to Cook Islands
Region Penrhyn Island, Northern Cook Islands
Native speakers
200 (2011 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 pnh
Glottolog penr1237[2]

The Penrhyn language is a Polynesian language spoken by about 200 people on Penrhyn Island and other islands in Northern Cook Islands.[3] It is considered to be an endangered language as many of its users are shifting to Rarotongan and English.


  1. Penrhyn at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Penrhyn". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. "Penrhyn". Ethnologue. Retrieved 7 March 2013.

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