Ngatik Men’s Creole

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A language of Micronesia

Alternate Names
Ngatikese, Ngatikese Men’s Language
Population

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

Location

Ngatik (Sapuahfik) atoll, east of Caroline Islands.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

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).