Ngatik Men’s Creole

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A language of Micronesia

Alternate Names
Ngatikese, Ngatikese Men’s Language
Population

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

Location

Ngatik (Sapuahfik) atoll, east of Caroline Islands.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

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 are bilingual in the Sapwahfik dialect of Pohnpeian [pon] (Wurm 2007).