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[eng] 500 in Palau (Crystal 2003). L2 users: 18,000 in Palau (Crystal 2003). Status: 1 (National). Statutory national language (1979, Constitution, Article 13(1)). Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, English

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Japanese
[jpn] L2 users: 1,000 in Palau. Status: 5 (Dispersed). Recognized language (1982, Constitution, Article 12(1)). Classification: Japonic

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Palauan
[pau] Palau Islands. 14,800 in Palau (2000). Population total all countries: 18,950. Status: 2 (Provincial). Statutory provincial language in all states except Sonsorol, Tobi, Angaur (1979, Constitution, Article 13(1)). Alternate Names: Belauan, Palau Dialects: Little dialect variation. Classification: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Palauan

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Sonsorol
[sov] Sonsorol, Pulo Anna, and Merir islands. 360 (2007 R. Dongosaro). About 60 on the outer islands (Sonsoral 30, Pulo Anna 10, Merir 3) and 300 in Koror town, Echang village. Status: 6b (Threatened). Recognized language (1983, Constitution, Article 13(1)). Alternate Names: Sonsorolese Dialects: Merir, Pulo Anna, Sonsorolese. Significant linguistic differences between Tobian [tox] and Sonsorolese; similar to or greater than differences between, e.g., Puluwatese [puw] and Namonuito [nmt]. 50% intelligibility of Woleaian [woe], less with the remainder of the Trukic continuum. The Merir dialect reportedly has no remaining speakers. Lexical similarity: 69% with Ulithian [uli]. Classification: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Micronesian, Micronesian Proper, Ponapeic-Trukic, Trukic

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Tobian
[tox] Tobi (Hatohobei) Island and near the capitol. 22 (1995 SIL). Status: 8a (Moribund). Statutory language of provincial identity in State of Hatohobei (1983, Constitution, Article 12(1)). Alternate Names: Hatohobei, Tobi Dialects: None known. Significant linguistic differences between Tobian and Sonsorolese [sov], although often treated as 1 language. Classification: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Micronesian, Micronesian Proper, Ponapeic-Trukic, Trukic

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