Languages of Kiribati
Repubic of Kiribati. Formerly Gilbert Islands, part of British Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony. 92,000. Includes 500 in Tuvaluan. National or official languages: Kiribati, English. 38 islands and atolls. Literacy rate: 90%. Immigrant languages: Tuvaluan (500). Information mainly from B. Bender and A. Capelle 1996; K. Rehg 1996. The number of individual languages listed for Kiribati is 2. Of those, both are living languages.
58,300 in Kiribati (1987). Population total all countries: 71,550. Also in Fiji, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, United States, Vanuatu.
Alternate names: Gilbertese, I-Kiribati, Ikiribati.
Dialects: Banaban. North-south dialect Division. In Tuvalu, Nui inherently intelligible with Kiribati, but has vocabulary and pronunciation differences. Lexical similarity: 26% with Pohnapeian [pon].
Classification: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Micronesian, Micronesian Proper, Ikiribati