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Languages of Northern Mariana Islands

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Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (USA). 78,252. National or official languages: Carolinian, Chamorro, English. Includes Rota, Aguiguan, Tinian, Saipan, Farallon de Medinilla, Anatahan, Sariguan, Guguan, Alamagan, Pagan, Agrihan, Asuncion, Maug Islands, Farallon de Pajaros. Immigrant languages: Japanese, Korean (5,200), Sonsorol. Also includes Chinese (5,800) and languages of the Philippines (28,000). Information mainly from B. Bender 1971; Bender and Capell 1996; Bender and Rehg 1991; J. Ellis 1996-1999; F. Jackson 1983. The number of individual languages listed for Northern Mariana Islands is 4. Of those, all are living languages.
Carolinian

[cal] 3,000 in Northern Mariana Islands (1990 census). Population total all countries: 3,100. Saipan, Anatahan, and Agrihan islands, Carolines. Also in United States. Alternate names: Saipan Carolinian, Southern Carolinian.  Dialects: Lexical similarity 95% between Southern Carolinian and Satawalese [stw], 88% with Woleaian [woe] and Puluwatese [puw], 81% with Mortlockese [mrl], 78% with Chuukese [chk], and 74% with Ulithian [uli].  Classification: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Micronesian, Micronesian Proper, Ponapeic-Trukic, Trukic 
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Chamorro

[cha] 14,200 in Northern Mariana Islands (1990). Population includes 11,466 on Saipan (1990), 1,502 on Rota (1990), 1,231 on Tinian (1990), 62,500 on Guam (Bender and Rehg 1991). Alamagan Island. Alternate names: Tjamoro.  Classification: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Chamorro 
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English

[eng]   Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, English 
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Tanapag

[tpv] 4,400 (2004). West central coast of Saipan, Tanapag community. Alternate names: Northern Carolinian, Tallabwog.  Dialects: Similar to Namonuito [nmt] of Micronesia.  Classification: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Micronesian, Micronesian Proper, Ponapeic-Trukic, Trukic 
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