Ajië is a member of the Oceanic branch of the
Malayo-Polynesian language family spoken in New Caledonia
by between 4,000 and 5,400 people. It is spoken on the
east coast of New Caledonia, in Houailou, Monéo, Kouaoua
and in inland valleys.
Ajië was first studied by missionaries during the
19th century, particularly by Pastor Maurice Leenhardt,
who produced a translation of the New Testament in Ajië
in 1922. He was also the first to develop a way of writing
the language. A new orthography for Ajië was published
in 1976, and took phonological changes in the language into
Ajië is taught in a number of schools and colleges,
and in the University of New Caledonia.
Ajië alphabet and pronunciation
The first line of transcriptions is the names of the letters,
the second line is their pronunciation.