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Philippe Caquant wrote:


> I heard that Tahiti Airport is called "Faaa" (3 a),
> but I don't know how it should be pronounced exactly.
>
I don't know either, it could be [fa?a:] or [fa?a?a] for [fa:?a] but I'd bet
there's a glottal stop somewhere in there :-)  Many Polynesian languages use
VV to indicate long vowels; and in a few cases they don't indicate glottal
stop either.  Older written Hawaiian IIRC was guilty of this; but not
anymore.......