Mortlockese

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A language of Micronesia

Alternate Names
Mortlock, Nomoi
Population

5,900 in Micronesia (1989 census). 1,690 Upper Mortlock, 1,760 Mid Mortlock, 2,460 Lower Mortlock, about 1,000 elsewhere. Population total all countries: 5,940.

Location

Mortlock Islands, southeast of Truk; Caroline Islands; Ponape island, lower Mortlock. Also in United States.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Lower Mortlock, Mid Mortlock, Upper Mortlock. 75% intelligibility of Puluwatese [puw], 18% of Satawalese [stw], 8% of Woleaian [woe]. Lexical similarity: 80%–85% with Chuukese [chk], 83% with Puluwatese, 82% with Satawalese, 81% with Carolinian [cal], 78% with Woleaian, 72% with Ulithian [uli].

Language Use

Vigorous.

Language Development
NT: 1883.
Writing
Latin script.