[eng] 23,490 in Kiribati, all users. L1 users: 490 (2000). L2 users: 23,000 (Crystal 2003a). Status: 1 (National). De facto national language, should official texts conflict in interpretation, English prevails over Kiribati. Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, English. Comments: Non-indigenous.
[gil] L1 users: 103,000 (2010 census). Total users in all countries: 118,401. Status: 1 (National). De facto national language. Alternate Names: Gilbertese, Ikiribati, Kiribatese. Autonym: I-Kiribati. Dialects: Banaban. North-south dialect Division. In Tuvalu, Nui inherently intelligible with Kiribati, but has vocabulary and pronunciation differences. Lexical similarity: 26% with Pohnapeian [pon]. Classification: Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Central-Eastern Oceanic, Remote Oceanic, Micronesian, Micronesian Proper, Ikiribati. Comments: Christian.