Ngatik Men’s Creole


A language of Micronesia

Alternate Names
Ngatikese, Ngatikese Men’s Language

700. 500 on atoll (1983 L. Poyer), 200 on Ponape. No monolinguals.


Pohnpei state: Ngatik (Sapwuahfik) atoll, southwest of Pohnpei island.

Language Status

6b* (Threatened).


A creolized language from Sapuahfik Pohnapeian [pon] dialect and English [eng] whose genesis is the direct result of a massacre in 1837 of adult males on Ngatik by British traders.

Language Use

Women and children understand it. All also use Pohnpeian [pon], the Sapwahfik dialect (Wurm 2007).

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