58,300 in Kiribati (1987). Population total all countries: 71,580.
1 (National). De facto language of national identity.
Banaban. North-south dialect Division. In Tuvalu, Nui inherently intelligible with Kiribati, but has vocabulary and pronunciation differences. Lexical similarity: 26% with Pohnapeian [pon].
Vigorous. Also use English [eng].
Latin script [Latn].
Glossonym: I-Kiribati. Christian.