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[eng] L2 users: 30,000 in Tonga (Crystal 2003). Status: 1 (National). De facto national working language, considered co-official with Tongan [ton]. Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, English

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Niuafo’ou
[num] Niuafo’ou and ’Eua islands. 690 (1981 SIL). Status: 7 (Shifting). Dialects: Probably a dialect of East Uvean [wls] (Wallisian). Classification: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Central Pacific, East Fijian-Polynesian, Polynesian, Nuclear, Samoic-Outlier, East Uvean-Niuafo’ou Comments: Christian (Protestant).

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Tongan
[ton] 96,300 in Tonga (1998). Population total all countries: 169,120. Status: 1 (National). De facto national language, considered co-official with English [eng]. Alternate Names: Tonga Dialects: Reportedly similar to Niue [niu]. Slight dialect differences north to south. Lexical similarity: 86% with Wallisian [wls], 66% with Samoan [smo]. Classification: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Central Pacific, East Fijian-Polynesian, Polynesian, Tongic

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