Ulithian

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A language of Micronesia

Population

1,000 (Lynch 2002b).

Location

Yap state: Fais, Ngulu, Sorol, and Ulithi islands.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. 85% intelligibility of Woleaian [woe], 57% of Satawalese [stw], very low intelligibility of Puluwatese [puw] and Chuukese [chk]. Lexical similarity: 74%–80% with Woleaian [woe], 77% with Satawalese [stw], 74% with Carolinian [cal], 72% with Puluwatese [puw] and Mortlockese [mrl], 68% with Chuukese [chk].

Typology

SVO; no articles; 4 paradigms of personal pronouns; causative; 17 consonants and 16 vowels; no clear stress patterns; inclusive/exclusive pronouns; alienable/inalienable possession.

Language Use

Vigorous.

Language Development
Grammar. NT: 1995.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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