Diversification and linkages among Eastern Polynesian languages

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Presentation and Objectives

The LinkEast project aims to increase knowledge about the processes of language change and evolution among Eastern Polynesian languages. This comparative research is based on lexical data sourced from the Linguistic Atlas of French Polynesia (Charpentier and François, 2015) and primary data sourced from current research projects of area linguists. Supplementary data from existing dictionaries of Eastern Polynesian languages will also be included. This digital platform is intended for collaborative research among Polynesian historical linguists and for the sharing of data between programs devoted to this kind of research. The public space of the site also makes it possible to disseminate both linguistic data and scientific knowledge of the history of the Eastern Polynesian languages.


This section is intended for consultation of the trilingual translations of the lexical data in the digital database. Currently, this includes the 2234 semantic entries present in the Linguistic Atlas of French Polynesia (Charpentier and François, 2015).


This section is reserved for analysis and manipulation of the database.

Use and Downloading

Downloadable Lexical Database

The database of the Linguistic Atlas of French Polynesia (Charpentier and François, 2015), of which the University of French Polynesia holds all rights, can be downloaded as part of the Open Data policy. This download is nonetheless subject to acceptance of the user agreement.

If there is additional data that you wish to access on this site or in the database, please contact the site administrator.

Team and Partners

LinkEast is supported by :

  • la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme du Pacifique, l’École Supérieur du Professorat et de l’Enseignement de l’Université de la Polynésie française, and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.


  • Primary Investigators : Dr. Jacques Vernaudon, UPF and Dr. Mary Walworth, MPISHH
  • Chief Informations Specialist : Marane Toyane, UPF
  • Contracted Assistants: Vaihiria Auti


  • Alexandre François, Director of LACITO, CNRS
  • Eric Conte, Director of CIRAP, UPF