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A language of Micronesia

ISO 639-3pon

Population  29,000 (Johnstone and Mandryk 2001). 24,000 on Pohnpei, 3,425 on outer islands, 275 elsewhere.
Region  Pohnpei Island, Caroline Islands.
Language map  Federated States of Micronesia
Alternate names   Ponapean
Dialects  Kiti, Ponapean, Sapwuahfik. Lexical similarity: 81% with Pingelapese [pif], 75% with Mokilese [mkj], 36% with Chuukese [chk].
Classification  Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Micronesian, Micronesian Proper, Ponapeic-Trukic, Ponapeic
Language use  National language. Vigorous.
Language development  Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1994.
Writing system  Latin script.