Ngatik Men’s Creole


A language of Micronesia

Alternate Names
Ngatikese, Ngatikese Men’s Language

700. 500 on atoll (1983 L. Poyer), 200 on Ponape. 0 monolinguals.


Ngatik (Sapwuahfik) atoll, east of Caroline Islands.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).


A creolized language from Sapuahfik Pohnapeian [pon] dialect and English [eng] whose genesis is the direct result of a massacre in 1837 of adult males on Ngatik by British traders.

Language Use

Women and children understand it. All are bilingual in the Sapwahfik dialect of Pohnpeian [pon] (Wurm 2007).