Protoform: TAFITI.1 [CE] Tahiti

Description: Tahiti
Reconstruction: Reconstructs to CE: Central-Eastern Polynesian

*8 Note. The Maori form is exceptional in several respects: Disregarding TUA, the meaning "distant" is unique; it has /wh/ where /h/ is expected; it occurs both as a noun (with an article) and a Local Noun (without an article) and as the latter it is not clear whether a specific locality is meant.

Pollex entries:

Language Reflex Description Source
Hawaiian Kahiki Any foreign country (Pki)
Marquesas Tehiti Pays etrangers (Dln)
New Zealand Maori Tawhiti Distant, a distant place; traditional homeland; a remarkable person a character, hero in a story (Wms)
Niue Tafiti Name given to the southern part of Niue, and only used as such (Sph). Problematic (Sph)
Pukapuka Tawiti Tahiti. (Sby)
Rarotongan TaŹ”iti Tahiti (Bse)
Samoan Tahiti Tahiti Problematic (Prt)
Tahitian Tahiti The name of the largest island in the Georgian groupe... (Dvs)
Tuamotu Tahiti Remote place, Tahiti (Stn)

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