Kiribati

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A language of Kiribati

Alternate Names
Gilbertese, Ikiribati, Kiribatese
Autonym
I-Kiribati
Population

103,000 (2010 census). Total users in all countries: 118,401.

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Language Status

1 (National). De facto national language.

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].

Typology

VOS.

Language Use

Vigorous. Also use English [eng].

Language Development
Most are literate in Kiribati, but little material is available. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1893–1954.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.

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