Futuna-Aniwa is a Polynesian language spoken on the islands of Aniwa and West Futuna in Tafea province of Vanuatu. In 2001 there were about 1,500 speakers of Futuna-Aniwa, which is also known as Erronan or West Futuna-Aniwa. There are two dialects of Futuna-Aniwa: Aniwa (Anewa) and West Futuna (Fotuna), with significant differences between them.
A way to write Futuna-Aniwa with the Latin alphabet was developed by the missionaries William Gunn and John Gibson Paton (1824-1907) during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Ia ta neikamata Atua neimna ta taragi ma ta fanua. Ma ta fanua neinofo gnata tasi, gogou, ma pouri niapotshia tamana, ma ta nokano o Atua nigarue iluga ta avai. Ma Atua neitucua marama mai, ma ta marama nimai. Ma Atua necitia ta marama, pe aia ko erefia, ma Atua nivaia ta marama ia ta pouri.
In the beginning God created heaven and earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep water. The spirit of God was hovering over the water. Then God said, "Let there be light!" So there was light
Information about the Futuna-Aniwa language
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