[gil] 58,300 in Kiribati (1987). Population total all countries: 71,580. Status: 1 (National). De facto language of national identity. Alternate Names: Gilbertese, Ikiribati, I-Kiribati 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 Malayo-Polynesian, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Micronesian, Micronesian Proper, Ikiribati Comments: Glossonym: I-Kiribati. Christian.