NAURUAN: a language of Nauru

The following is the entry for this language as it appeared in the 14th edition (2000).
It was superseded by the corresponding entry in the 15th edition (2005). See also the corresponding entry in the 16th edition (2009).

SIL code: NRU

ISO 639-1: na

ISO 639-2: nau

Population 6,000 (1991 Bender and Rehg), 50% of the population, 7,000 including second language users (1991 UBS). 
Region Nauru Island, Pleasant Island, isolated atoll west of Kiribati.
Classification Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Micronesian, Nauruan.
Comments Almost all people are bilingual in English. Children apparently not learning Nauru. Active use. Used as a second language by the Kiribati, Tuvalu, Kosraean, Marshallese. School attendance is required from age 6 to 17. National language. Fishermen, phosphate mining. Christian. Bible 1918.

This web edition of the Ethnologue contains all the content of the print edition and may be cited as:
Grimes, Barbara F. (ed.), 2000. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Fourteenth edition. Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Online version:

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