Woleaian

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A language of Micronesia

Population

1,630 (1987 census).

Location

Woleai (Wottegai), Falalus, Seliap (Sulywap), Falalop (Falalap), Tegailap (Tagalap), Paliau, Mariang, Eauripik, Faraulep, Elato, Lamotrek, and Ifaluk islands; east Caroline Islands. The first 5 listed are inhabited. 22 islands total, Yap State.

Language Status

5 (Developing). Statutory language of provincial identity in State of Yap (1982, Yap State Constitution, Article 14(5)).

Dialects

Lamotrek, Woleaian. 84% intelligibility of Satawalese [stw], 81% of Ulithian [uli], 50% of Sonsorol [sov], very low of Puluwatese [puw] and Chuukese [chk]. Lexical similarity: 88% with Satawalese [stw] and Carolinian [cal], 82% with Puluwatese [puw], 80% with Ulithian [uli], 78% with Mortlockese [mrl], 75% with Chuukese [chk].

Language Use

Vigorous. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng].

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar.
Writing

Woleai script [Wole], no longer in use.