Nauruan

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A language of Nauru

Population

6,000 (Bender and Rehg 1991), decreasing. L2 users: 1,000.

Location

Nauru Island.

Language Status

3 (Wider communication). De facto national working language.

Language Use

Children not learning it anymore (Wurm 2007). Mainly adults. Almost all are bilingual in English [eng]. Used as L2 by Kiribati [gil], Kosraean [kos], Marshallese [mah], Tuvaluan [tvl].

Language Development
School attendance required from age 6 to 17. Literacy is high. Bible: 1918.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.