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Language

Rapa Nui is a living language that belongs to a Polynesian subgroup of the larger Austronesian language family. In this language, the same morphological unit can act as a noun, adjective or verb, while grammatical categories indicating gender, number and time are expressed using prefixes and suffixes. Rapa Nui is an oral language for everyday use.