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A language of Palau

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Population  600 in Palau (Wurm and Hattori 1981). Approximately 60 on the outer islands: Sonsoral 29, Pulo Anna 25, Merir 5. Outer islanders resident on main island of Palau unclear from the 1990 census.
Region  Pulo Anna, Merir, Helen, and Sonsorol islands. Also in Northern Mariana Islands.
Language map  Palau
Alternate names   Sonsorolese
Dialects  Sonsorolese, Pulo Anna. Significant linguistic differences between Tobian [tox] and Sonsorolese; similar to or greater than differences between, e.g., Puluwatese [puw] and Namonuito [nmt]. 50% intelligibility with Woleaian [woe], less with the remainder of the Trukic continuum. Lexical similarity: 69% with Ulithian [uli].
Classification  Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Micronesian, Micronesian Proper, Ponapeic-Trukic, Trukic
Language use  Official language in Sonsorol state. Also use Palauan [pau].
Language development  Grammar.
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